Saudi Arabia created history as they took a surprising 2-1 lead against Argentina in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2022. But towards the end of the game, something extremely horrific took place as Saudi Keeper Mohammed Alowais jumped up for a clearance.
Here, the 31-year-old unintentionally hit left back and fellow teammate Yasser Alshahrani, who was immediately floored after the impact. The match was halted for nearly eight minutes as Alshahrani was taken out of the game on a stretcher.
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Moments later, Saudi Arabia pulled off a historic upset to defeat Argentina. Reacting to this loss, Messi admitted Argentina have no excuses after they lost their first game of the Marquee Tournament.
Messi opened the scoring with a penalty early in the first half. Then the Argentinians saw three goals being ruled out for offside. Then moments into the second half, Saleh Alshehri levelled the score with a quality finish at the 48-minute mark and Saudi Arabia grabbed a stunning victory. While talking to the media, Messi had some grave comments about his team’s performance.
He said, “We're dead. We didn't want to start that way. We wanted to win, to give peace of mind. There are no excuses. Now, it's the time to focus on strength and the unity of the group. It's time for us to be more united than ever. It's time to calm down. It's a hard blow, a painful defeat. We have to keep trusting ourselves. Let's try to beat Mexico to see how the group turns out.”