Roy Keane and Gary Neville's pre-World Cup comments on Saudi Arabia come back to haunt them after epic Argentina win | The Sun

Roy Keane and Gary Neville's pre-World Cup comments on Saudi Arabia come back to haunt them after epic Argentina win | The Sun

November 22, 2022

ROY KEANE and Gary Neville laughing off Saudi Arabia's World Cup chances have come back to haunt them.

The pair of Manchester United legends and Micah Richards rated the 32 teams in this year's Winter World Cup in Qatar.

On Saudi Arabia, Neville, 47, said: "They'll bring tens and tens of thousands of fans. Because they can drive over the border."

Keane, 51, responded: "And can they play for them?"

Neville, cracking up with Richards, joked: "It's 10,000 vs 11."

Keane added: "Have you ever seen a fan score a goal? It doesn't matter."

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As it happened, the Irishman was on punditry duty at the Lusail Stadium where Lionel Messi's Argentina were expected to breeze past Saudi Arabia.

And they ramped up the heat just ten minutes into the game when Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

The PSG superstar also watched on in frustration as Argentina had THREE goals disallowed.

Saudi Arabia then caught the Argentine's cold as Saleh Alshehri levelled on 48 minutes with an excellent finish into the bottom corner.

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It set the scene for an upset for the ages.

Winger Salem Aldawsari took home the spoils with a stunning goal to win the game.

He cut in on his right foot on 52 minutes to curl home what is already going to be a contender for goal of the tournament.

Argentina knocked on the door for well over 40 more minutes but Saudi Arabia remained solid at the back to hold out for a famous 2-1 win.


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