Emirates News Agency – The Saudi national team records their presence in the list of World Cup surprises throughout their history
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – 2:41 p.m
By / Ahmed Zahran:.
ABU DHABI, 23rd November, 2019 (WAM) – Despite the great potential of the Saudi national football team and the experience and enthusiasm of its players, the team’s precious 2-1 victory over their Argentinian counterpart is among the surprises of the World Cup currently taking place in Qatar .
The surprise this time lies on the one hand in the difference in classification of the two teams, on the other hand in the great expectations that preceded the Argentine national team at the 2022 World Cup as one of the leading contenders in the fight for the World Cup title, especially since the team belongs to its ranks a group of the most prominent players in the world of gaming, led by the legend Lionel Messi.
Also, Messi and his comrades almost missed a full half to reply to the Saudi team, who clinched the victory in dramatic fashion and held it to the end in what was the most important and outstanding victory for Saudi Arabia in the history of its participation in the so far World Championship.
In this report, Emirates News Agency, WAM, observes some of the most significant upsets experienced by World Cup tournaments throughout their history to date.
World Cup 1950:.
The Brazil national team’s defeat at home to Uruguay in the final came as a huge shock as they missed out on Brazil’s first title, but the most prominent upset in this version of the World Cup was the American team’s victory over their English counterparts 1-0.
The England national team took part in this tournament and are strong contenders to win the title, but they suffered a historic loss to their American counterpart, which the English newspapers could not imagine when I sent them the result, as they thought the result was the England team’s win 10-1 and that there was a typographical error.
World Cup 1966:.
The North Korean national team does not have a great history at the World Cup as the team has only participated in the World Cup twice, but their only win at the World Cup tournaments during their first participation made history for them as it was scored at the cost of the Italy national team 1: 0 at the 1966 World Cup in England, and in a game where the result went against all odds due to the huge difference between the two teams.
World Cup 1978:.
The Netherlands national team reached the final at the 1978 World Cup thanks to the all-encompassing style of football that dazzled the world, but the road to reaching the final was fraught with a setback that could have prevented it as the team surprisingly lost to their Scots counterpart 2- 3 in his last game of the first round.
The defeat came as a big surprise given the level of the two teams and the expectations leading up to the match, but the Dutch team snagged the second round qualifying card on the better goal difference against Scotland.
World Cup 1982:.
The Algerian national team started their games in World Cup history with a surprise of the caliber when they defeated the West German team, who had won the World Cup twice at the time, 2-1 in 1954 and 1974.
The Algerian victory was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, and the Algerian team defeated Chile 3–2 in the tournament itself, but did not qualify for the second round given the elimination of Germany and Austria :0 victory for Germany, with which the two European teams jointly qualified for the second round.
World Cup 1990:.
Argentina’s national team fought to defend the title they won in Mexico 1986 at the tournament, but lost 1-0 to their Cameroonian counterparts in the opening game, giving the African side one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
The Cameroonian team then reached the quarterfinals in the same tournament, becoming the first African team to reach that stage.
World Cup 2002: .
Similar to how the Cameroonian national team performed against the Argentine national team in 1990, the Senegalese national team surprised their French counterpart, who also took part in the tournament to defend their title, and defeated them 1-0.
World Cup 2014:.
The Brazilian national team played the tournament at home and is a very strong contender to win the world title. The team deservedly reached the semi-finals, but suffered a very difficult 7-1 defeat against their German counterpart, which was not surprising, of course, that one of the two big teams won, but in the difficult result that the game was played with ended.
World Cup 2022:.
The Saudi national team produced a major upset at the World Cup, defeating their Argentine counterpart 2-1, contrary to most expectations that preceded the match given the strong nominations that the Argentina national team had to fight for the title in this version of the tournament .
Asim Al-Khouli / Ahmed Zahran
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