don’t cry for me Argentina.
Saudi Arabia surprised Lionel Messi & Co. this Tuesday by 2-1. at the 2022 World Cup. The improbable win is regarded as one of the biggest single-match upsets in World Cup history.
From a sports betting perspective, it was also historic as Saudi Arabia closed at +1200 on the moneyline at FOX Bet, while Argentina was -667. The odds for a draw were closed at +500.
“It’s the biggest upset in the history of the tournament, a calamitous start for Argentina,” BetMGM esports trader Seamus Magee told FOX Sports Gambling Insider Patrick Everson.
According to FOX Sports Research, Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten streak was snapped with the loss, ending the second-longest such streak of all time one game behind Italy’s 37 (of 2018-21).
This is only Saudi Arabia’s fourth World Cup victory, improving their record in the tournament to 4-11-2 (WLD).
Today’s result was Argentina’s first defeat in a World Cup opener since 1990, when the team lost 1-0 to Cameroon.
Before Tuesday, Messi’s goal had always led to victories in the past for Argentina. In five previous World Cup games, Argentina were 5-0-0 (WLD) when the soccer legend had found the back of the net.
While Messi got Argentina on the board early with a penalty, Saudi Arabia emerged victorious thanks to two goals in five minutes early in the second half. Saleh Al Shehri scored on the team’s first shot in the 48th minute, and Salem Al-Dawsari scored what would end up being the winning goal in the 53rd minute.
According to the multiple oddsmakers we spoke to, today’s upset was historic, especially when it comes to live betting.
At FOX Bet, Saudi Arabia’s live win odds rose to 100-1 when the team was trailing 1-0.
“The upset was shocking, and those first 10 minutes of the second half really came out of nowhere,” according to FOX Bet sports trader Tieme Wessilink. “It reminds me of Argentina’s defeat against Cameroon during their group stage match in 1990. The Argentine team led by Maradona managed to reach the final in 1990, and many fans hope that Argentina led by Messi can make a similar career after this surprise.”
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Can Argentina bounce back from Tuesday’s stunning defeat? The Albiceleste they are currently favored in their next match against Mexico at -200 on the moneyline at FOX Bet.
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