The FIFA World Cup 2022 continues on Tuesday with Argentina–Saudi Arabia on FS1, and we’re bringing you all the must-see moments from start to finish!
Lionel Messi quickly made an impact in the first game of his fifth, and possibly final, World Cup with Argentina, scoring with a penalty in the 10th minute.
Messi joins Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Rafael Márquez as the only players to have competed in five World Cups and joins Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have scored a goal in four World Cups. Messi is the first Argentine to have achieved one of the two feats.
It could be a legacy-defining stint in Qatar for one of football’s greatest ever players, as well as his long-time rival and contemporary, Portugal’s Ronaldo.
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Here are the best plays from Tuesday’s group stage action.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
2nd minute: So close to an early goal!
It took Messi just over 100 seconds into the 2022 World Cup to register his first shot on target, but a fine one-handed save from Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game goalless .
Minute 10: Let it re-introduce itself
After Argentina were awarded a penalty following a video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily slotted home his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scores a PK in the 10th minute to give Argentina a 1-0 lead in Saudi Arabia.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored a penalty in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno was fouled.
Minute 22: Messi almost has another one!
The Argentina star looked to have a clean break for his second goal of the game, but he was just barely ruled offside. The sentence was confirmed by the VAR.
Minute 27: Another near miss
Argentina are still looking for their second goal after Lautaro Martínez’s goal was also ruled offside.
Minute 35: Offside AGAIN
Argentina found the back of the net four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remained the only real score thanks to three goals ruled out for offside.
According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have already been offside seven times in this game. The last team to have more in a World Cup match was the Netherlands against Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.
Messi has arrived!
The ‘FIFA World Cup Live’ team talks about Lionel Messi’s legacy
The “FIFA World Cup Live” crew talks Lionel Messi and Argentina ahead of their match against Saudi Arabia.
Expectations are high for a stacked Argentina team that currently has the second shortest odds at +500 (bet $10 to win $60 total) at FOX Bet. Messi, Argentina’s long-time captain, believes those expectations are justified, comparing the 2022 squad to the 2014 World Cup side that reached the final in Brazil.
As for Messi himself, he had arguably his most iconic World Cup moment of his long and storied career when we last saw him in the group stage in 2018.
The miracle of Lionel Messi: no. 101 | The most memorable moments in FIFA World Cup history
Kicking off #101 of the 101 most memorable moments in FIFA World Cup history, Jenny Taft breaks down Lionel Messi’s goal for Argentina against Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Argentina gives love to its star
Argentina has plenty of talent, but Messi’s teammates know who their brightest star is.
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