ISLAMABAD/RIYADH – Pakistan has congratulated Saudi Arabia after their historic 2-1 win over Argentina within the FIFA Qatar World Cup match on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed felicitations to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman on historic win within the World Cup recreation.
In a tweet, the premier stated Saudi Arabia made historical past by staging the largest upset within the World Cup thriller in opposition to Argentina. “What a game of football it was!” he stated, including that they shared the happiness of their Saudi brothers and sisters on the good win.
What a recreation of soccer it was! Saudi Arabia made historical past immediately by staging the largest upset in FIFA World Cup thriller in opposition to Argentina. Heartiest congratulations to HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. We share the happiness of our Saudi brothers & sisters on this nice win.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 22, 2022
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan additionally felicitated Kingdom. Congratulations to group KSA for his or her nice victory immediately in opposition to Argentina within the Soccer World Cup being held in Qatar, he wrote on Twitter.
Congratulations to group KSA for his or her nice victory immediately in opposition to Argentina within the Soccer World Cup being held in Qatar.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 22, 2022
A number of world leaders together with the Crown Prince of Dubai showered reward on Saudi Arabia as the lads’s soccer group notched one of many largest shocks in FIFA World Cup historical past with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi-led Argentina.
In Tuesday’s thriller, KSA’s Salem Al-Dawsari hit a surprising winner to sink the red-hot favourites, bringing the South American aspect’s 36-match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.
Enjoying a dangerous excessive line of defense, the athletic Saudis rode their luck within the first half when thrice Argentina had the ball within the web solely to be denied by an offside name.
However in a chaotic begin to the second half, the Saudis swarmed throughout Lionel Scaloni’s group and scored twice because the Arab nation beat the South People for the primary time in 5 makes an attempt.
In a primary half dominated by Argentina, it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than Saudi Arabia’s dangerous defensive techniques would value them.
That condensed the sport right into a sliver of inexperienced turf across the midway line because the Asian aspect fortunately allowed Argentina’s again 4 to move the ball amongst themselves.
It appeared Saudi Arabia had been going through an extended afternoon after VAR intervened to award a penalty when Saud Abdulhamid wrestled Leandro Paredes to the bottom within the field at a nook.
Messi waited for goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to dive to his left earlier than cooly rolling the ball into the alternative nook. But when the Saudis felt aggrieved on the know-how, it might later assist hold them within the recreation.
3 times Argentina had the ball within the web solely to be denied by razor-tight offside calls, the primary given by VAR.
There was no controversy concerning the equalizer three minutes into the second half, although, as Al-Shehri ran onto a contact from Feras Al-Brikan, beat Cristian Romero on the surface and slotted the ball again throughout goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the far nook.
The sizeable Saudi contingent within the Lusail stadium — the place the World Cup last will probably be held — exploded in pleasure. Immediately the Argentines had been rattled and 5 minutes later the turnaround was full.
Al-Dawsari’s intelligent flip within the field beat two defenders earlier than he shifted the ball previous a 3rd and rifled an unstoppable shot into the highest far nook.
The gang was going wild and Hassan Al-Tambakti punched the air in delight after his determined sliding deal with denied Messi a transparent shot at aim.
Each Al-Owais save, together with a point-blank block from Nicolas Tagliafico’s close-range prod, was greeted with rapturous cheers.
There was late drama after Al-Owais collided with Yasser Al-Shahrani and appeared to knock him out as his knee struck the defender’s head.