Fans poured to social media on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia’s second-half comeback against Argentina, ironically praising Newcastle for continuing their form into the World Cup.
The Saudi-funded Magpies, who were bought by the Gulf State’s Public Investment Fund in 2021, enjoyed a scintillating start to the season before the World Cup, climbing to third in the Premier League.
And the luck of the Saudis seemed to continue on Tuesday as the underdog nation came from behind to shock Argentina and record a historic 2-1 win.
Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat Argentina 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Tuesday
Lionel Messi’s hopes of finally winning the World Cup suffered a major blow after the 2-1 defeat
Led by Lionel Messi in what is likely his final opportunity to win the World Cup, Argentina were the favourites to advance from Group C before the tournament.
Fans quickly took to Twitter midway through the second half to praise Newcastle and Eddie Howe, as a result of their affiliation with Saudi Arabia.
One person posted ironically: ‘Newcastle are really sticking it to Argentina here!’
Another wrote: ‘Newcastle 2-1 Argentina, can’t believe it.’
A third chimed in and said: ‘Newcastle currently 2-1 up against Argentina. You love to see it.’
Messi’s 10th minute penalty put Saudi Arabia 1-0 behind early, before Argentina had three disallowed goals in the first half.
Fans took to Twitter to praise Newcastle, who were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s PIF in 2021
The Magpies’ fortunes as a football club have turned around hugely since the Saudi takeover
Fans joked that Howe was brought in by manager Herve Renard to deliver the half-time team talk, as Saudi Arabia came out an entirely different team in the second half and launched a comeback through Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.
One user posted: ‘Saudis drafting Eddie Howe for the half time team talk.’
A second tweeted: ‘Eddie Howe’s secret Saudi army!’
Saudi Arabia took pole position in Group C while Argentina dropped to the bottom of the table ahead of Poland’s clash with Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.
Boss Eddie Howe has marshalled Saudi-backed Newcastle to third in the Premier League so far
Social media users joked that Magpies boss Eddie Howe delivered their half-time team talk
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