The tournament officially began on Sunday, November 20, after the opening ceremony and opening match. Ecuador spoiled Qatar’s party by beating them 2-0, and the result was never in dispute.
Day two of the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicked off with England beating Iran 6-2 in what should be one of the highest-scoring games of the competition.
Netherlands beat Ecuador 2-0 in Group A thanks to a 2-0 win over African champions Senegal. Day 2 Wales then scored a late penalty to draw the USA 1-1.
Saudi Arabia pulled off the biggest upset in World Cup history by beating Argentina 2-1 in their Group C opener.
Saudi Arabia’s comeback is on the list of other major World Cup upsets: Cameroon’s 1-0 win over Diego Maradona’s Argentina in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup, against title holders France in 2002. Senegal’s 1-0 victory was the tournament opener or the USA beat England by the same score in 1950.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said that before the match we were declared favorites. “But things like this can happen at the World Cup.”
Messi gave Argentina the lead with a coolly dispatched penalty in the 10th minute and the match sealed a routine win for the defending Copa America champions, who were on a 36-match unbeaten run.
But early in the second half, goals from Saleh al-Shahri and Salem al-Dosari in the space of five minutes gave the Saudis a historic result in the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. The Saudis’ previous biggest win was 1-0 against Belgium in the 1994 World Cup.
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Al Shahri scored the first goal.
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh al-Shahri scored his first goal early in the second half.
Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dusri scored his team’s second goal past Arg’s goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
“All the stars aligned for us,” said Audi Arabia coach Hero Renard. “We made history for Saudi football.”