Saudis celebrate shock win over Argentina in World Cup

22 November 2022, 09:55 pm | Updated: 04 October 2023, 01:52 am

Saudis celebrate shock win over Argentina in World Cup
Saudi Arabia fans celebrate in Souq Waqif after the match between Saudia Arabia and Argentina in Doha, Qatar on 22 November, 2022Reuters

Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina in the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Lionel Messi’s side, prompting an outpouring of Arab pride amidst the first staging of football’s top tournament in the Middle East, reports Reuters.

It was a sweet moment for host Qatar, which has faced a barrage of criticism over human rights in the conservative Muslim country. Qatar’s emir draped the Saudi flag over his shoulders at the stadium after the match.

“Wow! I have all the feelings right now. We beat Argentina, one of the great teams!” said Saad, a fan from Riyadh who is in Qatar for two weeks and was wearing a green Saudi Falcons scarf around his neck.

“Our guys played so well - everything went right inside the stadium today (Tuesday). It was amazing.”

On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, Messi, 35, scored a 10th minute penalty in a dominant first half display by Argentina during which he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.

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