Saudi Arabia goalkeeper told Lionel Messi the direction to shoot his penalty and the Argentine makes him look like a fool.
The goalkeeper for Saudi Arabia instructed Lionel Messi on where to place his penalty, and as a result, Messi looked a little foolish.
At the Lusail Stadium, Argentina was given a penalty kick right away after a VAR review determined that Leandro Paredes was being held during a set-piece.
Argentina’s go-to taker, Messi, seized the opportunity after a pause and successfully placed the ball. Unsurprisingly, opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais tried to trick the PSG star by playing mind tricks.
He was seen directing Messi to move to the right while still standing on his line.
But it had a disastrous backlash. When Messi calmly rolled the ball into the opposite corner for his first goal of the 2022 tournament, Al-Owais had already dived to his left and was down.
Messi has now contributed to 14 of his country’s last 20 goals across all competitions and has scored seven goals in four different World Cups.
One of the tournament favorites, Argentina will match Italy’s record-setting 37-match unbeaten streak if they win their match against Saudi Arabia.
In a thrilling first half against Saudi Arabia, Lionel Scalonis’ team had THREE goals disallowed.
Messi only had one goal disallowed, but Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan had two of his attempts disallowed for failing to time his run against a very high line.