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At the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Saudi Arabia's 2-1 victory over Argentina was the first shocking result of the tournament. Saudi Arabia proclaimed a public holiday on November 23 to celebrate the team's surprising victory over Argentina, the two-time winners led by arguably the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi. The GOAT, however, was confronted by Saudi defender Ali Al-Bulayhi after the second goal was scored. Messi’s reaction is worth a watch.

The Green Falcons ended Argentina's 36-game winning run. By defeating the world's third-ranked team, Saudi Arabia, currently ranked at no. 51, made history. In the 10th minute, Argentina took a 1-0 lead thanks to a casual penalty kick from sixth-time World Cup participant Lionel Messi.

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The Saudi Arabian goal by Saleh Al-Shehri in the second half brought the score at 1-1. The Saudis took the lead soon, thanks to a goal by Salem Al-Dawsari in the 53rd minute. The Saudi defence was never breached by Argentina for the remainder of the match. Saudi goalie Mohammed Al-Owais, who prevented the star-studded Argentina team from scoring following the penalty, was the game's most valuable player.

Ali Al-Bulayhi confronted Messi shortly after Al-Dawsari’s stunning goal, gave him a slap on the back and had a talk with the Argentine legend. Messi, who seemed perplexed during the entire conversation, finally began laughing and walked away from him.

Al-Bulayhi was later asked by a reporter about what the conversation was about. The footballer replied: "I told him: you will not win, you will not win!"

Argentina is still the betting favourite to win the FIFA World Cup in 2022, despite their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. Even though Saudi Arabia's victory is astounding, it has little impact on Argentina's chances of taking the title.

Fans of Argentina can still harbour optimism because they recall how the reigning champions fell to Cameroon in their opening game in 1990. Diego Maradona's Argentina reached the final that year.

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay

Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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