of FIFA World Cup 2022 continues on Tuesday with Argentina–Saudi Arabia unfolding on FS1, and we’ve got you covered with every must-see moment from start to finish!
Lionel Messi quickly made an impact in the opening match of his fifth – and possibly final – World Cup for Argentina, scoring from a 10th-minute penalty.
Messi joins Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Rafael Márquez as the only players to have appeared in five World Cups and joins Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have scored a goal in four. the world. Messi is the first Argentine to achieve one of these achievements.
It could be a defining legacy in Qatar for one of the greatest footballers ever, as well as his long-time rival and contemporary, Portugal’s Ronaldo.
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Here are the best plays from Tuesday’s group stage action.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
2nd minute: So close to an early goal!
It took just over 100 seconds into the 2022 World Cup game for Messi to register his first shot on goal, but a fine one-handed save from Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game scoreless. .
10th minute: Let him reintroduce himself
After Argentina were awarded a free-kick following video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scores a PK in the 10th minute for Argentina to take a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno is fouled.
22nd minute: Messi almost had another one!
The Argentine star looked to have a clean break for his second goal of the game but was only ruled offside. The decision was upheld in VAR.
27th minute: Another mistake
Argentina were left searching for their second goal as Lautaro Martinez’s goal was narrowly ruled out for offside.
35th minute: Offside again
Argentina found the back of the net four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remained the only real score thanks to three goals disallowed by offside calls.
Per 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.
48th minute (first half extra time): Big loss for the Saudis
Saudi Arabia captain Salman Al Faraj went down with an apparent injury just 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 underdogs’ chances of an upset.
SCENE BEFORE THE GAME
The ‘FIFA World Cup Live’ crew discuss Lionel Messi’s legacy
The FIFA World Cup Live crew discuss Lionel Messi and Argentina ahead of their match against Saudi Arabia.
Expectations are high for a stacked Argentina team that currently has the second shortest odds at +500 ($10 bet to win $60 total) at FOX Bet. Messi, Argentina’s long-time captain, believes those expectations are justified, comparing the 2022 squad to the 2014 World Cup squad that reached the final in Brazil.
As for Messi himself, he has had perhaps his most iconic World Cup moment in his long and storied career, last seen in the group stage in 2018.
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