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Saudi Arabia fans are so confident after beating Argentina, they're calling out Lionel Messi on TV

Daniel Marland

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Saudi Arabia fans are so confident after beating Argentina, they're calling out Lionel Messi on TV

A Saudi Arabian football fan has gone viral for calling out Lionel Messi live on television following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Argentina at the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia completed a dramatic comeback over the two-time winners at the Lusail Stadium after Messi had given Argentina the lead.

Saleh Al-Shehri equalised just after the break before Salem Al-Dawsari bent in a lovely effort minutes later.

It kickstarted the drama in Qatar after a subdued opening two days on the pitch. One Saudi fan decided to take the celebrations to another level in a video you can check out below.

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A reporter just outside the ground was on the air, which a number of Saudi supporters noticed.

They immediately made a beeline for the microphone to ask: "Excuse me, where is Messi?"

Decked out in his country's colours, he decided to check the reporter's pockets to find the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Amid the laughter, another supporter gets involved. He states: "Can I ask you a question? Ask all the 88,000: Where is Messi?".

The 35-year-old admitted earlier this year that this will be his final World Cup as a player.

Nobody anticipated Argentina, ranked third in FIFA's World Rankings and unbeaten since July 2019, losing to a Saudi Arabia side ranked 51st.

Saudi players celebrate at the full-time whistle. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Saudi players celebrate at the full-time whistle. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Messi says Argentina 'messed up' in the second half after failing to overcome the Saudi's gameplan.

They flung themselves at every ball to deny Lionel Scaloni's side any clear opportunities aside from a Julian Alvarez header.

He admitted: "In five minutes of errors we lost the lead and found ourselves 1-2 down. We messed up, we threw crosses into the box and the game became a little complicated."

Argentina did have three goals chalked off for offside in the first half. Messi and Lautaro Martinez were the culprits, although it's been suggested one of Martinez's efforts should've been allowed to stand.

Messi and Martinez during the game. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Messi and Martinez during the game. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Messi continued: "I saw that the offsides were very fair. I didn't see them through images, but if they were annulled, they would be the right decisions. There is no excuse."

Elsewhere in Group C, Mexico drew 0-0 with Poland after Guillermo Ochoa saved a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

It sets up a mammoth clash between Argentina and Mexico on Saturday evening.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter & Alamy

Topics: Lionel Messi, Football World Cup, Argentina

Daniel Marland
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