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World Cup highlights Saudi Arabia steals the show in Qatar

Saudi Arabia forward Saleh al-Shehri (11) scored his team's first goal to ignite a shocking upset against Argentina. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The World Cup continued in Qatar on Tuesday, and the day opened with a bona fide stunner: Saudi Arabia knocked off Lionel Messi, in what is probably his final World Cup, and Argentina, 2-1, in the Group C opener. Denmark and Tunisia went next and drew, 0-0, in a Group D clash before Mexico and Poland also played to a scoreless draw in Group C. France, the 2018 World Cup champion, dominated Australia for a 4-1 victory in the final game of the day in Group D.

Saudi Arabia shocks Argentina with a World Cup upset for the history books

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  • Argentina is one of the most decorated squads in the world, and it was expected to breeze past Saudi Arabia, one of the lowest-ranked teams in the 32-nation field. A Saudi upset is a truly stunning result, and it resonated around the world. Argentina had not suffered a loss in 36 straight international matches dating to 2019.
  • It looked like Australia’s “Socceroos” were set to pull off the second stunner of the day when they scored an early goal to take a 1-0 lead over France’s star-studded roster. But Les Bleus took control with two goals five minutes apart in the first half and got two more in the second half to pull away.
  • The World Cup continues with four more games Wednesday. Find the full schedule, results and group standings here.
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Argentina is one of the most decorated squads in the world, and it was expected to breeze past Saudi Arabia, one of the lowest-ranked teams in the 32-nation field. A Saudi upset is a truly stunning result, and it resonated around the world. Argentina had not suffered a loss in 36 straight international matches dating to 2019.
It looked like Australia’s “Socceroos” were set to pull off the second stunner of the day when they scored an early goal to take a 1-0 lead over France’s star-studded roster. But Les Bleus took control with two goals five minutes apart in the first half and got two more in the second half to pull away.
The World Cup continues with four more games Wednesday. Find the full schedule, results and group standings here.

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World Cup in Qatar

World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.

Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.

Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.

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