Entertainment Sports Saudi Arabia Defeats Lionel Messi and Argentina in Seismic World Cup Upset Saudia Arabia defeated the two-time World Cup champs 2-1 Tuesday to hand Argentina their first defeat since 2019 By Phil Boucher Phil Boucher Phil Boucher is an editor at PEOPLE and based in London. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 22, 2022 11:25 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Saudi Arabia's players celebrate . Photo: Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Saudi Arabia is celebrating one of the biggest shocks in FIFA World Cup history. In a stunning comeback at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar Tuesday, the Saudi soccer team reversed a 1-0 half-time deficit against two-time winners Argentina to close out the game 2-1. Ranked 51st in the world, Saudi Arabia likely feared the worst as Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot. The star-studded Argentina team — currently ranked No. 3 in the world behind Brazil and Belgium — then applied the pressure, having three goals ruled out for offside. A stunning five-minute period in the second half changed the complexion of the match entirely for the Green Falcons. First, Saleh Al-Shehri leveled the score with a low shot in the 48th minute. Then forward Salem Al Dawsari hit a powerful shot into the top corner past goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez in the 53rd minute. U.S. Men Tie Wales 1-1 in Their First World Cup Match Since 2014 Saudi Arabia's players celebrate. Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Despite a fierce counter from Argentina, Saudi Arabia held on to protect their goal and claim just their fourth World Cup finals win ever. At full-time, the players hugged, danced, dropped to the grass in celebration and prayed, while the rest of their squad sprinted onto the pitch to join them. For Argentina, the defeat is the team's first loss since they played Brazil in the final of the 2019 Copa America — a stretch of 36 games. It leaves the pre-tournament favorites with an uphill fight to remain in the tournament, which is likely to be 35-year-old Messi's last appearance at a World Cup. Iran's Soccer Team Refuses to Sing Their National Anthem at World Cup in Support of Protestors Lionel Messi reacts to defeat. David Klein/Cal Sport Media via AP Images Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Argentina will now face Mexico on Saturday, while Saudi Arabia takes on Poland. While the result has made life more difficult, it does not mean Argentina's dream of winning the 2022 World Cup has gone for good. At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Argentina lost their opening game 1-0 to Cameroon but eventually went on to reach the final of their tournament (where they lost 1-0 to West Germany). Despite this, they will now go down in history as losers of the biggest World Cup shock since Algeria defeated the mighty West Germany 2-1 in 1982.