Messi, where are you?… Miracles in Saudi Arabia

“Messi, where are you?”

At the 2022 Qatar World Cup, when Saudi Arabia caused the biggest surprise by defeating Argentina led by “superstar” Lionel Messi (35, Paris Saint-Germain, PSG), the people of Saudi Arabia fell into a crucible of enthusiasm and mocked Messi.

Saudi Arabia created the ‘Miracle of Lusail’ by winning 2-1 in the first leg of Group C of the group stage against Argentina held at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on the 22nd at 7:00 pm (Korean time).

In the game that marked the start of Messi’s fifth and final World Cup, Argentina fell victim to the first upset of the tournament.

The Lusail Stadium, which accommodates 80,000 spectators, is where the Qatar World Cup winning team is decided.

They got off to a good start by scoring the first goal in a place aiming for the coronation, but lost the victory in the second half when Argentina conceded two goals in a row.

In the video posted on Twitter, every time Saudi Arabia scored an equalizer or a come-from-behind goal, the Saudi Arabian fans cheered and chanted “Messi, where are you?”

In another video, fans intoxicated with the joy of victory jumped and shouted in the square.

They waved national flags, held hands and danced in groups, turning the plaza into a lively festival.

The students shook their bodies like crazy, and a video of them hugging each other and making frenzied gestures after a goal was scored while watching TV indoors is also recording a lot of views.

On the other hand, in the cataclysm of catching Argentina, the ‘champion candidate’, soccer fans who bet on Saudi Arabia hit the ‘jackpot’ of up to 29 times.

Before the match, famous overseas sports betting companies predicted Argentina’s victory without exception.

Bet365 and Skybet both bet 23x on a Saudi Arabian win, while William Hill had a whopping 29x on a Saudi Arabian win.

888 Sports and Betfair paid 24.5x and 26x, respectively, for Saudi Arabia’s win.


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