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Saudi Arabia Shocks Argentina: Top Upsets In World Cup History

Absolutely no one expected the American champions to fail in their WC debut.

We woke up early to see Argentina play in its 2022 World Cup debut, expecting a great show and a big win against a modest team like Saudi Arabia.

It only took 10 minutes for Lionel Messi to open the scoring and net his first goal of the tournament. It seemed that a victory by a wide margin was on the horizon, however, the World Cup reminded us once again why this is the most exciting tournament in sport.

The Saudis came out in the second half playing like Brazil in the 70's, and turned the score around with two great goals. Argentina could not react and lost the match.

This was Argentina's first loss after 36 undefeated matches, and now the South Americans must give it their all against Mexico and Poland to advance to the next round.

Argentina's defeat against Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and unexpected in the history of the World Cup, but what were some of the other games where David beat Goliath?

United States 1-0 England (1950)

The English already felt like champions before they played their first World Cup in Brazil—they are the creators of the sport, after all.

The United States faced England on the second matchday of the group stage with a completely amateur team that even had a baseball catcher in goal.

English coach William Jeffrey was so confident that he left on the bench his top star, Stanley Matthews, in a game that was predicted to be a British thrashing.

To everyone's surprise, the United States won the match thanks to a goal by Haiti's Joe Gaetjens, who deflected a shot into the net with his head.

This match is remembered as the "Miracle on Green", and when the telegrams arrived in England, journalists thought there was a mistake and that the score was 1-10 instead of 1-0. In the United States, they thought the result was a joke in bad taste, as it could not be possible.

France 0-1 Senegal (2002)

France had just won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, with a star-studded team, including Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, and David Trezeguet.

Facing them at the opening of the 2002 World Cup was a modest African team making its debut in the tournament.

Senegal, a French colony, played a great match where they neutralized "Les Bleus." At the 30th minute, midfielder Papa Bouba Diop surprised the whole world when he put the Africans ahead on the scoreboard.

France tried to equalize, but it was not possible, as they found an inspired Tony Sylva in the Senegalese goal.

North Korea 1-0 Italy (1966)

Italy was a big favorite to win the 1966 World Cup, with international stars such as Gianni Rivera, Sandro Mazzola, and Giacinto Fachetti.

North Korea, which had spent months preparing for the World Cup, arrived inspired after tying Chile in a hard-fought match.

With a goal by Pak Doo-ik, North Korea eliminated Italy in the first round, producing one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.

South Korea 2-0 Germany (2018)

Germany was the defending world champion and came into the third matchday with the obligation to beat South Korea, a team that had already been eliminated and had nothing to lose.

Although the Germans started the tournament by losing to Mexico, they managed to bounce back to beat Sweden in the second match. Everything was set for the Germans to overcome the Asians and advance to the Round of 16.

The teams did not hurt each other in 90 minutes, and when Germany had to take risks, they were fragile at the back. The South Koreans, with goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min in stoppage time, ended Germany's hopes of repeating as champions.