Saudi Arabia come from behind to beat Argentina

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Saudi Arabia secured a stunning comeback victory over Argentina in their group opener to provide one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history.

Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez replaced Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Cristian Romero shortly after Saudi Arabia’s winner.

A 10th minute Lionel Messi penalty had put Argentina ahead before La Albiceleste missed a host of chances that could have put them out of sight before half-time.

Saudi Arabia attacked immediately from the restart and were rewarded with strikes in the 49th and 53rd minute through Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.

Argentina attacked in numbers for the remainder of the match but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Mohammad Al Owais.

Mohammad Al Owais produced a fine reaction save to deny Lisandro Martinez’s effort after a deflection off Nicolas Tagliafico.

Argentina’s clash with Mexico on Saturday evening is now a must win game for the South Americans.