Sports Desk: Totally unexpected. No one could have imagined such a result. But the incident happened today at Lucille Stadium. Lionel Messi's Argentina lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.
Argentina went into the break with a 1-0 lead in the first half. But at the beginning of the second half, Lionel Messi's team conceded a goal due to a serious mistake of their defense. In the 48th minute, Saudi Arabia's Saleh Al Sehri put the ball in La Albiceleste's net with a great left-footed shot.
Another goal in the 54th minute. This time, the number 10 jersey player of Saudi Arabia, Salem Al Dawsari, passed Rodrigo de Paul and Nicolas Otamendi and scored a great right-footed shot into the Argentinian net.
Argentina scored a total of four goals in the first half; But all three were ruled out due to offside. Except for Messi's goal from the penalty, none of them were legal. As a result, Argentina was leading 1-0 in the first half against Saudi Arabia.
Argentina went ahead with a penalty goal in the 10th minute of the match against Saudi Arabia. After checking the VAR, the referee gave a penalty to Argentina. Lionel Messi took the spot kick. The ball easily eluded the goalkeeper and went into the Saudi Arabian net.
Argentina got a corner kick in the 8th minute of the game. Messi took the kick. At this time, Al Bulaihi threw Leandro Paredes into the box. After that, the referee whistled the penalty after checking the VAR.
This is the last World Cup for 7-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and this is his last chance to win the World Cup. For that purpose, it can be said that Messi's start against Saudi Arabia has been good.
However, after this penalty, a great statistic also came forward. After the 1998 World Cup, Argentina scored from the penalty spot for the first time.
From the beginning of the match, Argentina tried to control the ball and spread the influence. In the second minute of the match, a great shot of Messi's left foot was returned with extraordinary skill by the Saudi goalkeeper Al Wasis.
The Saudi goalkeeper blocked a great shot of Messi in the 6th minute. Messi took a corner kick in the 8th minute. Al Wasis punched the ball but Paredes was dropped by Al Bulaihi. After checking the VAR, the referee said it was a foul and a penalty.
Messi scored a goal in the 22nd minute. But the linesman had already raised the flag. Said it was offside. Lautaro Martinez scored in the 28th minute. But this time also due to VAR it was shown that he was offside. So the goal is disallowed. In the 34th minute, Argentina got the ball into the Saudi net once more. But before that, the side referee informed - it was offside.