Most American soccer fans went to mattress Monday evening able to skip Tuesday’s opening recreation. Higher to get some sleep than watch a blowout when Argentina goes to be within the event for some time proper? Saudi Arabia entered Group C’s opening match as a +1800 underdog (per BetMGM odds) to win and gave up a purpose to Lionel Messi within the tenth minute. Proper the place the Saudis need to be.
In one of many largest upsets in World Cup historical past, Saudi Arabia scored two early second-half targets to take down Argentina and put an enormous dent into the South American large’s probabilities of advancing to the knockout stage, a lot much less successful the entire rattling event.
“It’s a very onerous blow for everybody, we didn’t anticipate to begin this manner,” Messi mentioned after the sport. “Issues occur for a cause. We’ve got to arrange for what’s coming, we have now to win, and it will depend on us.
“There aren’t any excuses. We’re going to be extra united than ever. This group is powerful, and we have now proven it. It’s a state of affairs that we haven’t gone by in a very long time. Now we have now to point out that it is a actual group.”
In a bunch accomplished by Mexico and Poland, Argentina’s path to successful Messi his first World Cup in what’s doubtless his closing alternative simply obtained rather a lot more durable. Saudi Arabia was written off as Group C’s punching bag, with Argentina simply advancing alongside another person. That script is over. It’ll take an enormous push for Messi and buddies to make the final 16 now.
A number of Argentina targets had been taken off the board by VAR, with every of these callbacks being inches from standing. That’s why the most important event on this planet has assist from video officers, to get the calls proper. And with these appropriate selections, Argentina is on the fallacious aspect of one of many largest upsets in World Cup historical past.