Saudi Arabia thrashed Argentina in a 2 – 1 victory, ending Argentina’s unbeaten run.

Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina to produce the first major shock of the World Cup and throw Group C wide open. Considered among the favourites for tournament victory, Argentina struck early on as Lionel Messi converted from the penalty spot after Leandro Paredes had been dragged down, a goal that appeared to set them on their way to a comfortable opening victory and extend their 38-game unbeaten run.

But Lionel Scaloni’s side were thrice denied by the offside flag as they struggled to beat the Saudi Arabian offside trap and, after the break, were seemingly helpless as their opponents struck twice in five minutes soon, first Saleh Alshehri firing a low left-footed effort into the far corner before Saleh Aldawsari produced a spectacular goal, twisting to create space on the edge of the box and curling home beautifully.

Saudi Arabia has shocked the world with a beautiful performance making them one of the underdogs to pull a surprise at this year’s World Cup.

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