Saudi Arabia beats Argentina, 2-1
Islam News – In one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina, 2-1.
If you don’t follow sports, it’s hard to overstate how big of a deal this is. Argentina has Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest player ever, and it carefully built its team to support him. The Saudis were widely viewed as a sacrificial lamb. Even Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman advised them to focus more on “enjoying themselves” than winning.
The loss is not just a defeat for Argentina, my colleague Rory Smith wrote. “It was an embarrassment, an ignominy, a stigma scarred into Argentine skin in front of 88,000 people, streamed live on television and beamed around the world.”
Argentines are disgusted. “What a disgrace,” a woman in Buenos Aires said.
Details: Even at halftime, Saudi’s win seemed wildly improbable. Argentina had put the ball in the net four times, but three had been ruled out for offside. (Here’s an explainer of the term.)
Messi: This is most likely his last World Cup. His team arrived in Qatar with the sole ambition of cementing his golden legacy; despite his acclaim, Messi, 35, has never won the tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo: The star forward, who is playing for Portugal in the World Cup, will immediately part ways with Manchester United “by mutual agreement,” the club said.
Source: The New York Times