In Group C of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Argentina and Saudi Arabia play today. This winter, Argentina is one of the favorites to win the trophy. They start their bid with a good match against Saudi Arabia, which is one of the weaker teams in the competition. Watch it live.
Even though Lionel Messi and his teammates will play Mexico and Poland later in the day, which seems like a tougher matchup, this first game is a great chance for the two-time champions to get three points and get going.
Argentina hadn’t won the World Cup since Maradona led them to victory in Mexico in 1986. Not only does the country want to get the crown back, but it also wants Messi to add this elusive title to his already scary long list of accomplishments.
Messi missed some training sessions in the week leading up to this game against Saudi Arabia, but the captain said, “I’m feeling very well, physically I’m in good shape.” That’s good news for Argentina, but bad news for Saudi Arabia, who are trying to pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
Argentina XI 🇦🇷: Emeliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Alejandro Gomez, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lionel Messi (c), Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria.
Saudi Arabia XI 🇸🇦: Mohamed Al-Owais, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohamed Kanno, Sud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Malki, Saleh Al-Shehri, Hassan Al-Tambakti, Salman Al-Faraj(c), Salem Al-Dawsari, Firas Al-Buraikan.