, Argentina and Saudi Arabia started the first full day of World Cup soccer with a stunner. Here’s everything that happened in the tournament on Tuesday and what to expect Wednesday.,
Going into Tuesday’s slate of games, most people had Argentina and Poland penciled into the Round of 16 because of their superstar forwards, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. By the end of the day, Argentina and Poland had just a point between them.
Here’s everything that happened in the 2022 FIFA World Cup today.
Saudi Arabia 2, Argentina 1
Argentina is still alive in the tournament after Tuesday’s shocking result. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends for La Albiceleste.
History tells us that making out of the group stage is incredibly difficult when you lose your first game, let alone winning the World Cup — only Spain (2010) has accomplished the latter. Argentina’s next opponents, Mexico and Poland, are beatable, but as we saw Tuesday, so is Argentina.
It’s not all good news for Saudi Arabia either. Ironically, it might have even more pressure to get results against Mexico and Poland than before now that qualifying for the knockout stages is a real possibility. But for now, Saudi Arabia is reeling in the fact that it beat one of the tournament favorites, and arguably the greatest player of all time.
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Watch Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al Dawsari scoring a goal against Argentina in the 53′ in the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.
ASSIST OF THE DAY
It’s not that the assist itself was spectacular — France had two more just like it against Australia. It’s how Ousmane Dembele freed himself up to get the ball across to Kylian Mbappe. When Dembele’s healthy, he’s a threat from those positions.
SAVE OF THE DAY
Every four years, Memo Ochoa is called up to the World Cup roster and makes the most ridiculous saves. On Tuesday, his legend continued with the first save a non-shootout penalty by a Mexican keeper since 1966. “San Memo,” indeed.
Argentina nearly salvaged a point from their matchup with Saudi Arabia, but Abdulelah Al-Amri cleared Julián Álvarez’s attempt from off of the goal line with his head.
Given the magnitude of the win that followed, there wasn’t a bigger play of the day.
Morocco vs. Croatia, 5 a.m. ET on FS1
Luka Modrić was the worthy winner of the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup. Can he recapture that magic with Croatia at the age of 37? We’ll find out Wednesday.
Germany vs. Japan, 8 a.m. ET on FS1
Germany is back at the World Cup after being eliminated in the group stage in 2014. Even with key players such as Marco Reus and Timo Werner injured, they’ll be a threat to make a deep run in the tournament. Don’t sleep on Japan either, though; the Samurai Blue are always competitive at the tournament.
Spain vs. Costa Rica, 11 a.m. ET on FOX
Spain will usher in a new generation against Costa Rica led by F.C. Barcelona stars Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati. We’ll see if that lack of World Cup experience hurts La Roja in any way.
Belgium vs. Canada, 2 p.m. ET on FOX
Belgium and Croatia are the safe bets to make it out of Group F, but Canada will be hungry in its first World Cup appearance since 1986. Watch out for Alphonso Davies on the left side of the pitch.
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