Farouq Oduola A.
FIFA World Cup Group C Match Statistics
ARGENTINA VS SAUDI ARABIA
Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Argentina (L Messi 10′ pen) 1 – 2 Saudi Arabia (S Al-Shehri 48), S Al-Dawsari 53′)
Argentina XI (4-4-2): Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico; Di Maria, Paredes, De Paul, Gomez; Messi, Martinez
Saudi Arabia XI (4-4-1-1): Al-owais; Abdulhamid, Al-tambakti, Al-bulayhi, Al-shahrani; Al-faraj, Kanno, Al-malki; Al-brikan, Al-shehri, Al-dawsari.
34 – Argentina are the first team in World Cup history to have four players aged 34+ in their starting XI (Lionel Messi, Nicolás Otamendi, Ángel Di María and Papu Gómez).
4 – Lionel Messi is the fifth player to score at four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2014, 2018, 2022) after Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo.
2 – The Saudi national team is the first Asian team to score Argentina with more than one goal in the history of the World Cup.
1 – For the first time, Argentina lost a World Cup match in which Lionel Messi scored (it won 5 previous matches, and for the first time Argentina lost a match in which Messi scored since 2011 (against Colombia)
2 – The Saudi national team is the second Asian team to defeat a South American team in the history of the World Cup, after Japan over Colombia 2018.
Saudi Arabia’s defeat of Argentina becomes one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
Possession: Argentina 66%-34 Saudi Arabia
Shots: Argentina 12-2 Saudi Arabia
Shots on target: Argentina 6-0 Saudi Arabia
Corners: Argentina 9-2 Saudi Arabia
Fouls: Argentina 7-21 Saudi Arabia
Yellow Card: Argentina 0-6 Saudi Arabia
Red Card: Argentina 0-0 Saudi Arabia
Referee: Slavko Vincic.
Assistants: Tomaz Klancnik, Andraz Kovacic
VAR: Maguette Ndiaye