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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia LIVE: World Cup 2022 result and reaction as Saudi Arabia claim stunning shock win

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Lionel Messi scored early on but a stunning comeback ensured an all-time great World Cup shock

Kieran Jackson
Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:35 GMT
World Cup: Daily update from day 2 in Qatar

Saudi Arabia beat Argentina to record one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi’s side thanks to a scintillating second-half comeback.

On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, the 35-year-old Messi scored a 10th-minute penalty in a dominant first-half display where he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.

But Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament after Ghana, threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half, charging at Argentina’s defence in front of a frenzied 88,012 crowd.

Saleh Al-Shehri squeezed in a low shot in the 48th minute while Salem Al-Dawsari curled in a scorching strike from the edge of the penalty area in the 53rd minute to leave Argentina and Messi looking utterly shell-shocked in the Group C opener. Despite plenty of possession after that, Argentina were unable to best Saudi Arabia, who were competing in their sixth World Cup but had never previously won an opening game.

Relive all the action with our live blog below:


France 4-1 Australia

Thanks for following our coverage of all today’s Qatar World Cup matches!

We’ll be back tomorrow with live updates from all four games, too:

•10am GMT: Morocco vs Croatia – Group F

•1pm GMT: Germany vs Japan – Group E

•4pm GMT: Spain vs Costa Rica – Group E

•7pm GMT: Belgium vs Canada – Group F

Kai Havertz is expected to line up for Germany as they begin their Qatar World Cup campaign (REUTERS)
Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:35

France 4-1 Australia

“Didier Deschamps was off his feet, fists pumping in celebration. France did not need a fourth goal against Australia, but this was much more than a case of inflating a scoreline. It was a moment of French footballing history and, as player and manager, Deschamps has witnessed and created more than most.

“He was a teammate of Thierry Henry when he debuted, serving as his captain in the 1998 World Cup- and Euro 2000-winning sides. By the time he retired, Henry was establishing himself as one of the great forwards of his generation. Olivier Giroud does not have the same status but a man who has followed Henry into the Arsenal and France forward lines has equalled him in another respect.

“When Kylian Mbappe, who bears more similarities as a player with Henry, crossed and Giroud supplied the target man’s trademark header, it took him to 51 goals for France. He is level with Henry, behind no one; not Zinedine Zidane or Just Fontaine or Michel Platini or Mbappe. It is a stunning achievement.”

Richard Jolly reflects on Giroud’s historic achievement tonight:

Amiable everyman Olivier Giroud makes French football history with brace

Olivier Giroud’s double in the 4-1 win over Australia cemented his France legacy, one guided by the faith and nous of manager Didier Deschamps

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:27

France 4-1 Australia

“Didier Deschamps revealed as much ahead of the World Cup: France would be leaving their back-three experiment behind.

“He was a little snappy in the pre-tournament press conference, reluctant to elaborate on why it had failed or indeed why it had lasted so long. Indeed, leaving the idea behind was not a straightforward decision.

“Something resembling 3-4-1-2 had been France’s predominant formation throughout 2022, which created the enticing possibility of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema paired up front, but it had brought mixed results: a couple of friendly wins over Ivory Coast and South Africa before a woeful Nations League campaign in which they won only one of their six group games against Croatia, Austria and Denmark.

“In contrast, a back four had brought the World Cup trophy home from Russia four years ago.”

Here’s Lawrence Ostlere with a tactical breakdown of France’s winning performance against Australia:

Aurelien Tchouameni fills Pogba-Kante void as France suffocate Australia

France swamped Australia with high full-backs and midfield runners, showing off a luxury array of attacking threats that will surely make their mark on this World Cup

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:22

France 4-1 Australia

“A striker who was supposed to be dispensable now has only one equal.

“That’s the story of Olivier Giroud, who just keeps going, and keeps scoring. The 36-year-old finally got the goal he didn’t in 2018 to claim his first in the World Cup in eight years before quickly following it with another. That made it 4-1 to France against Australia and was also the 51st goal of his international career, to match Thierry Henry’s record.

“Giroud may well surpass that in this tournament, a World Cup he wasn’t even expected to start in. This was precisely why Karim Benzema’s injury wasn’t seen as anything close to a disaster by the French, despite his immense quality.

“They’d already won a World Cup with Giroud and, far from the Real Madrid player taking them to another level, the belief is that the team just works better with the Milan striker. He links it all together. Kylian Mbappe certainly enjoys playing with him.

“As regards levels, the reality of this game was that a plucky but hugely limited Australia just couldn’t get close to France.”

Match report by Miguel Delaney in Qatar:

France just reminded the World Cup why they are defending champions

France 4-1 Australia: The Socceroos took a shock lead but Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann were electric as Les Blues turned the match around

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:14

France 4-1 Australia

France with one of the finest performances of the group stage so far. England’s 6-2 win against Iran stands out, too, of course, while Argentina have already fallen to Saudi Arabia, and Netherlands left it late to see off Senegal.

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:05

France 4-1 Australia

Goodwin’s early goal for Australia was cancelled out by Rabiot, before France added three more through Mbappe and Giroud, the latter netting twice to join Henry as the nation’s record goalscorer.

(Getty Images)
Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:03

France 4-1 Australia

Full-time: Winning start for France! The champions overcome an early blip to breeze past Australia in the end.

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 21:00

France 4-1 Australia

90+4 mins: Mooy goes into the book for a mistimed sliding challenge on T Hernandez, whose brother Lucas went off injured earlier...

T Hernandez does down with a cry of pain, but thankfully he’s okay to play on.

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 20:57

France 4-1 Australia

90 mins: Seven minutes of added time to come.

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 20:55

France 4-1 Australia

90 mins: France go close again! Konate’s close-range header is saved well by Ryan!

Alex Pattle22 November 2022 20:54

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