World Cup 2022 top plays: Saudi Arabia takes 2-1 lead over Messi, Argentina

The FIFA World Cup 2022 continues on Tuesday with ArgentinaSaudi Arabia is underway on FS1 and we’ve got you covered with every must-see moment from start to finish!

Lionel Messi quickly made an impact in the opening game of his fifth – and possibly final – World Cup for Argentina, scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute.

Messi joins Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Rafael Márquez as the only players to feature in five World Cups and joins Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to score in four World Cups. Messi is the first Argentine to achieve both feats.

It could be a defining legacy in Qatar for one of the greatest footballers of all time, as well as his long-time rival and contemporary, Portugal’s Ronaldo.

You can watch this game and every match in the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks — the tournament’s official English-language US broadcast partner — and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream free full match replays on Tubi.

Here are the top games from Tuesday’s group stage action.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia

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2nd minute: So close to an early goal!

It took just over 100 total seconds of World Cup 2022 play for Messi to register his first shot on goal, but a fine one-handed save by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game scoreless.

10th minute: Allow him to re-introduce himself

After Argentina were awarded a penalty on video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi scores a PK in the 10th minute to give Argentina a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia.

Lionel Messi scores a PK in the 10th minute to give Argentina a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty in the 10th minute after a foul by Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kano.

22nd minute: Messi almost got another!

The Argentina star looked to have a clear break away for his second goal of the game, but it was ruled just offside. The decision was upheld by VAR.

27th minute: Another near miss

Argentina were left searching for their second goal after Lautaro Martinez’s goal was also ruled out for offside.

35th minute: 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 disallowed by offside calls.

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According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have been caught offside seven times already in this match. The last team to have more in a World Cup game was the Netherlands against Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.

49th minute (first half extra time): Big loss for the Saudis

Saudi Arabia captain Salman Al Faraj went down with an apparent injury just before the end of the first half. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s early goal, it could be a huge blow to the underdogs’ chances of an upset.

48th minute (second half): Saudi Arabia equalized!

Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Alshehri crosses a beautiful ball to level the scores at one goal and suddenly Argentina are on edge.

53rd minute: Saudi Arabia is ahead!

The Saudis suddenly knock on the door of one of the biggest World Cup upsets EVER after a laser from Salem Aldawsari to go 2-1 up.

PREGAME SCENE

Messi is coming!

The ‘FIFA World Cup Live’ crew discusses Lionel Messi’s legacy

The 'FIFA World Cup Live' crew discusses Lionel Messi's legacy

The ‘FIFA World Cup Live’ crew discuss Lionel Messi and Argentina ahead of their match against Saudi Arabia.

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Expectations are high for a stacked Argentina team that currently has the second lowest 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 squad that reached the final in Brazil.

As for Messi himself, he had perhaps the most iconic World Cup moment of his long and storied career when we last saw him in the group stage in 2018.

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Starting at No. 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 its star the love

Argentina have plenty of talent, but Messi’s teammates know who their brightest star is.

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