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World Cup 2022 top plays: Messi puts Argentina up 1-0 on Saudi Arabia


The 2022 FIFA World Cup continues Tuesday with ArgentinaSaudi Arabia underway on FS1, and we’ve got you covered with every must-see moment from start to finish!

Lionel Messi quickly made an impact in the opening game of his fifth — and possibly final — World Cup for Argentina, scoring on a penalty kick in the 10th minute. 

Messi joins Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus, and Rafael Márquez as the only players to compete in five World Cups and joins Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to score a goal in four World Cups. Messi is the first Argentinian to accomplish either feat.

It could be a legacy-defining stint in Qatar for one of the greatest soccer players ever, as well as his longtime rival and contemporary, Portugal’s Ronaldo.

You can watch this game and every match of the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks — the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the U.S. — and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream full-match replays for free on Tubi.

Here are the top plays from Tuesday’s group stage action.

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia 

2nd minute: So close to an early goal!

It took just over 100 total seconds of 2022 World Cup play for Messi to record his first shot on goal, but a nice one-handed save from Saudi Arabia keeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game scoreless.

10th minute: Allow him to reintroduce himself

After Argentina was awarded a penalty kick after video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily nailed his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi scores a PK in the 10th minute for Argentina to take a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia

Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno makes the foul.

22nd minute: Messi almost had another!

The Argentine star seemed to have a clean breakaway for his second goal of the game but was ruled just barely offsides. The ruling was upheld on VAR.

27th minute: Another near miss

Argentina is still searching for its second goal after this Lautaro Martinez score was also narrowly ruled offsides.

35th minute: Offside AGAIN

Argentina has found the back of the net four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th minute penalty kick remains the only actual score thanks to three goals negated by offside calls.

Per OptaAnalyst, Argentina has been caught offside seven times in this match already. The last team to have more in a World Cup game were the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.


Messi has arrived!

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Expectations are high for a stacked Argentina side that currently has the second-shortest odds at +500 (bet $10 to win $60 total) on FOX Bet. Messi, Argentina’s longtime captain, believes those expectations are warranted, comparing the 2022 team to the 2014 World Cup squad that reached the final in Brazil.

As for Messi himself, he had possibly his most iconic World Cup moment of his long and storied career the last time we saw him in the group stage in 2018.

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