In a rare display of emotions, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was seen celebrating his country’s win over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup with his family in pictures shared on Instagram by his brother Prince Saud.
A usually calm and collected Crown Prince can be seen embracing his brother in excitement, kneeling in prayer and celebrating while watching the match with family members.
Prince Mohamed bin Salman watched the match along with his brothers Prince Saud and Prince Abdulaziz, the latter of whom serves as the kingdom’s Minister of Energy.
Unheralded Saudi Arabia notched one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history yesterday with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina, thanks to a scintillating second-half comeback.
On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, the 35-year-old Messi scored a 10th-minute penalty in a dominant first-half display where he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.
But Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament after Ghana, threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half, charging at Argentina’s defence in front of a frenzied 88,012 crowd.
Despite plenty of possession after that, Argentina could not penetrate the Green Falcons, who were competing in their sixth World Cup but had never previously won an opening game.
The result revived old question marks over Argentina’s defence and broke their amazing 36-match undefeated run.