World Cup 2022 best matches: Saudi Arabia lead 2-1 over Messi, Argentina

The World Cup 2022 Tuesday continues with ArgentinaKingdom Saudi Arabia Streaming on FS1, we’ve got you covered with every must-see moment from start to finish!

Lionel Messi quickly influenced Argentina’s fifth World Cup opener – and possibly final – by scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute.

Messi joins Antonio Carvajal, Lothar Matthaus and Rafael Marquez as the only players to have appeared in five World Cups and joins Pele, Uwe Seller, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have scored a goal in four World Cups. Messi is the first Argentine to achieve either of these two feats.

It could be a legacy-defining task in Qatar for one of the greatest footballers of all time, as well as his long-time rival and contemporary, Portugal’s Ronaldo.

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Here are the top plays from Tuesday’s group stage.

Argentina versus Saudi Arabia

Second minute: very close to an early goal!

It took just over 100 seconds of play in the 2022 World Cup for Messi to score his first shot on goal, but a sweet one-handed save from Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais kept the game scoreless.

Minute 10: Allow him to reintroduce himself

After Argentina were awarded a penalty after a VAR in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi scores a cross in the tenth minute for Argentina to advance 1-0 over Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi scores a cross in the tenth minute for Argentina to advance 1-0 over Saudi Arabia

Argentine Lionel Messi scored a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanu fouled.

The twenty-second minute: Messi almost scored again!

The Argentine star looked like he had pulled away from his second goal of the match, but was barely offside. The ruling was upheld in the video assistant referee.

Twenty-seventh minute: The last close misses

It left Argentina looking for their second goal after Lautaro Martinez was narrowly ruled out for offside.

35th minute: Offside again

Argentina scored the back-netting four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remains the only actual score thanks to three goals nullified by offside calls.

According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have been caught offside seven times in this match already. The last team to have more in a World Cup match was the Netherlands against Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.

The 49th minute (the first half of extra time) is a big loss for the Saudis

Saudi captain Salman Al-Faraj went down with an apparent injury before the end of the first half. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s early goal, it could be a major blow to the underdog’s chances of pulling off an upset.

Minute 48 (second half): Saudi Arabia restricts it!

Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri runs a beautiful ball to level the score by one goal and suddenly Argentina are on their heels.

Minute 53: Saudi Arabia leads!

The Saudis suddenly knocked on the door of one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup ever, after a laser from Salem Al-Dosari, to go up 2-1.

Pre-match scene

Messi arrives!

The ‘FIFA World Cup Live’ crew discusses Lionel Messi’s legacy

The FIFA World Cup Live team discusses Lionel Messi and Argentina before their match against Saudi Arabia.

Expectations are high for the Argentine stack side who currently has the second shortest odds at +500 (bet $10 to win a total of $60) on FOX Bet. Messi, Argentina’s longtime captain, believes those predictions are justified, comparing the 2022 squad to the 2014 World Cup finalist in Brazil.

As for Messi himself, he probably witnessed his most iconic World Cup moment during his long and packed career the last time we saw him in the group stage in 2018.

Lionel Messi Miracle: No. 101 | The most memorable moment in the history of the FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi Miracle: No. 101 |  The most memorable moment in the history of the FIFA World Cup

Jenny Taft kicked off 101st in the most memorable moment in FIFA World Cup history, smashing Lionel Messi’s goal for Argentina against Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina gives its star love

Argentina has a lot of talent, but Messi’s teammates know who their shining star is.

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