Mexico should feel scared seeing Lionel Messi’s ‘face on Day 1’ following Argentina’s shock defeat by Saudi Arabia in Group C opener

FOX Sports pundit Maurice Edu has warned Mexico of Lionel Messi following Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. 

Tournament favorite Argentina was expected to dominate the Saudis in its opening World Cup game but it suffered an unforeseeable 2-1 loss in Group C. 

Argentina looked on course for a routine thumping win over Saudi Arabia when Messi slotted home an early penalty but the Saudis went on to stun the tournament favorites a clinch one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.

Rivals fans were quick to mock the Argentines and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner but Maurice Edu warned them – and Argentina’s next opponent, Mexico – to tread carefully. 

He insisted the shock would only spur the PSG superstar on as he will be desperate to win the next group game. 

Speaking on FOX Sports, Edu’s co-pundit, Jimmy Conrad claimed seeing Messi’s devastated face only reminded him of memes. 

But Edu quickly interjected, saying: ‘No, no, all I can think about it that I fear for his next opponent. You’re seeing that face on him day one of the World Cup? I fear for his next opponent.’ 

Former US international Alexi Lalas snatched at a slimmer of hope from the result as he claimed there could be even more upsets at the tournament, including one for his own country, as he insisted it was a ‘unique’ World Cup. 

‘In this incredibly unique World Cup,’ he said, ‘I think we’re finding out that’s there’s going to be some surprises. This is an absolute shock. 

‘If I was to ask you what’s more likely to happen: The United States beating England on Friday or Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, you’d probably have said United States beating England and there’s a lot of people who don’t believe that can happen. Anything can happen at this World Cup after what we have seen here.’

The US faces The Three Lions on Friday at 2pm EST as Gregg Berhalter’s team face a challenge to overcome its Group B rivals. 

England thrashed Iran 6-2 in its first group-stage game Monday, while Christian Pulisic and Co. had to settle for a point after conceding a Gareth Bale penalty in the 82nd minute against Wales, despite a dominant and energetic first half. 

Meanwhile, former England Women’s international and NWSL team Angel City FC’s sporting director Eniola Aluko gave Saudi Arabia recognition for the upset, praising the ‘exceptional’ performance.  

Aluko said: ‘Bodies behind the ball, the goalkeeper was like superman. Exceptional performance in what was like a home crowd. What an upset, wow.’

Argentina faces Mexico next and the huge upset on Tuesday leaves it needing victories against its second Group C opponent and Poland if they are to have the best chance of qualifying for the knockouts.

Finishing as Group C’s runner-up would likely see it face France in the next round, should Didier Deschamps’ men win their own group.

Should the two tournament favorites meet in the last-16, it would see them lock horns in a repeat of their clash at the same stage from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which saw Mbappe net twice in a thrilling 4-3 win for Les Bleus on their way to winning their second world title.