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FIFA News: World Cup roundup: Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina, 2-1

Saudi Arabia served up a stunning upset over Argentina 2-1 in the first match of Group C Play at the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a penalty kick to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. But it was all Saudi Arabia from there, snapping Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten streak over all competitions.

In a quick scoring spurt, Saleh Al-Shehri bumped a low shot into the net in the 48th minute. Salem Al-Dawsari angled in a second goal, deflected by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, from the penalty area in the 53rd minute.

Argentina had a chance to work at least a draw and held possession for much of the match, but near-misses told the story instead. Nicolas Tagliafico might have had Argentina’s best angle at a second goal only to be denied by a brilliant save from Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais.

–Denmark 0, Tunisia 0

A scoreless draw between Denmark and Tunisia opened Group D play on Tuesday in Qatar.

In the return to international competition for Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, the European Championship semifinalists were unable to score in six shots on goal. Eriksen had one of the shots, a long-range missile in the second half, in his anticipated showing, the first since he went into cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a miraculous save before the half to keep Tunisia scoreless.

There was only one scoreless draw in the 2018 World Cup.

Denmark’s best scoring opportunity from point-blank range was stymied by Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen, who also swatted away Eriksen’s shot.

–Field Level Media

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