Day Three in Qatar: The upset that shocked the world

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

DOHA – It’s only day three of the tournament, and we have been treated to one of the biggest upsets in history.


If this is a teaser for what’s to come over the next month, it’s safe to say fans around the world better strap themselves in for the ride.


Day three officially kicked off with what many were expecting to be a boring match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia. 


The Argentines, being one of the heavy favourites to win the whole thing, were expected to breeze easily past the Saudis who were expected to finish dead last in Group C. 


Oh boy, we were wrong. 


The match got going as expected, with Argentina pressing early on the attack. Their heavy offensive presence to start, was rewarded with a Lionel Messi penalty kick in which the legendary footballer used his experience to slide a cheeky goal past Saudi keeper Mohammed Al Owais.


Argentina looked to be in full control of this one with Messi potting another in the 29th minute in an effort to pull the match out of reach for the Kingdom. Unfortunately for him and Argentina, the goal was reviewed by VAR where it was determined that the PSG forward was just slightly offside. 


What happened in the second half, no one could have predicted. 


The Saudis came out of the break looking refreshed as they were the ones pressing early on. This led to an equalizer from Saleh Al Shehri, as he tucked one across Emiliano Martinez into the bottom right corner. 


But the true jaw dropping moment came with a beautiful strike from Salem Al Dawsari who cut inside onto his right foot and curled a strike into the far right corner. Martinez was able to get a finger on it, but couldn’t prevent this one from finding twine. The Saudis would hold on for the upset in a match that had the whole world collectively sitting in a state of shock. . 


What came after, seems almost secondary.


The French easily handled the Asutralians 4-1. As the Mexicans drew with Poland, as did Tunisia and Denmark.


Day four kicks off tomorrow with the match we’ve all been waiting for. The Canadians will play their first World Cup contest since 1986 as their tournament gets underway against Belgium.The country will be relieved to know that superstar Alphonso Davies is expected to be back in the starting XI, with Belgium receiving news that Romano Lukaku will not be dressing for tomorrow’s match.