Graeme Souness lays into Argentina after shock Saudi Arabia defeat

‘I am gobsmacked!’: Graeme Souness lays into Argentina after their shock 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia… as Gary Lineker, Chris Sutton and Ian Wright lead the names reacting to one of the World Cup’s greatest ever upsets

  • Saudi Arabia produced one of the greatest World Cup upsets against Argentina
  • The nation came from behind to earn a shock 2-1 win against Lionel Messi’s side
  • Pundit Graeme Souness was ‘gobsmacked’ by the lack of desire from Argentina
  • Gary Lineker and Chris Sutton took to Twitter to heap praise on Saudi Arabia
  • World Cup 2022 news LIVE: Follow all the latest from Qatar as it happens HERE 

Graeme Souness heavily criticised Argentina after one of the World Cup’s most shocking upsets in history, as Saudi Arabia beat Lionel Messi’s star-studded side 2-1 on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat the group favourites thanks to second-half goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.

After the match, Souness admitted he was ‘gobsmacked’ by the lack of physicality and desire shown by the South American side and insisted that England have ‘nothing to fear’ should they meet Argentina in the knockouts.   

Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat Argentina 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Tuesday

Pundit Graeme Souness heavily criticised Argentina for their lack of desire in the second half

The former Liverpool star said: ‘I am gobsmacked! I have never witnessed an Argentina team not be up for the cup in terms of a physical encounter. 

‘Referee was wishy washy. Saudi Arabia were super aggressive and the referee let it go. Argentina have got to say then we’ve got a match here, we’re going to be in trouble. 

‘I thought Argentina had another gear. They didn’t have another gear. Unless they find that side of aggression from somewhere they can be rolled over. If that’s their quality, England have nothing to fear if meet them later on in competition.’

As former players, fans and pundits swarmed to social media to react to the World Cup upset, Gary Lineker praised Saudi Arabia’s ‘extraordinary’ display. 

‘That is one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history,’ he said. ‘Extraordinary performance from Saudi Arabia.’

Meanwhile, Ian Wright posted a three-second clip of his dumfounded reaction at the final whistle whilst tucking into some lunch in Qatar.

Gary Lineker took to social media after Argentina’s 2-1 defeat to heap praise on Saudi Arabia

Sportsmail’s Chris Sutton labelled the loss as ‘one of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time’

Piers Morgan, who conducted a bombshell, tell-all interview with Cristiano Ronaldo last week, simply wrote: ‘Oops.’  

And Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton tweeted: ‘One of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time. 

‘Messi and Argentina spanked by Saudi Arabia. Well played Saudi Arabia.’

Argentina fell to rock bottom in Group C ahead of Poland’s clash with Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

Lionel Messi’s hopes of finally winning the World Cup suffered a major blow after the 2-1 defeat

Piers Morgan chimed in after the upset and simply wrote ‘Oops’ alongside a picture of Messi 




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