FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group C - Argentina v Saudi Arabia


  • Saudi Arabia beat Argentina to pull off one of the most stunning upsets in World Cup history
  • Powerhouse countries like Brazil, France and Italy have all been upset in the tourney
  • Argentina suffered an upset loss of this magnitude before

In just the second match day of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, perhaps one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history took place as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia battled back to defeat Argentina, 2-1, in Group C action.

Argentina, who's ranked No. 3 in the world and pegged as one of the favorites to win the most prestigious tournament in football, took the lead at the 10th minute thanks to a flawless penalty shot from Lionel Messi.

In the second half, the underdogs pulled even thanks to a 48th-minute goal from Saleh Alshehri before taking the lead at the 53rd minute thanks to Salem Aldawsari.

Already, Saudi Arabia's improbable win over one of the world's football powerhouses is being labeled as one of, if not, the biggest upset in FIFA World Cup history.

Throughout the history of the quadrennial competition, there have been a number of stunning and jaw-dropping upsets and Saudi Arabia's triumph over Argentina is just the latest.

Here are a few of the most notable upsets in FIFA World Cup history.

Cameroon Stuns Argentina In 1990

This year's setback against Saudi Arabia isn't the first time that Argentina has been on the losing end of an upset.

Back in the 1990 edition of the tournament, the Diego Maradona-led defending champions Argentina fell to Cameroon, 1-0, in the opening match.

Cameroon rode the momentum of the big win all the way to the quarterfinals, while Argentina recovered and knocked off Brazil and Italy to make it to the finals where they would lose to West Germany.

Korea DPR Eliminate Italy In 1966

Korea DPR had their FIFA World Cup debut in 1966, and they made a statement in their final group stage match by knocking two-time champions Italy out of the competition with a 1-0 win.

The North Koreans reached the quarterfinals, but they ended up falling to Portugal, 5-3.

Senegal Stuns France In 2002

If there's anything that this list has proved, it's that not even the defending champions are safe from getting upset.

In 2002, a debuting Senegal side opened their World Cup campaign by topping defending champions France, 1-0.

Senegal went on to reach the quarterfinals, while France ended up getting eliminated in the group stages.

Norway Shocks Brazil In 1998

Norway doesn't have a lot of World Cup history to speak of.

In fact, they only have two wins in the tournament, but that second victory came at the expense of football juggernauts Brazil back in 1998.

The Norwegians bested Brazil, 2-1, and even went as far as the Round of 16 in the tournament.

Brazil, on the other hand, went all the way to the finals but lost to France.