However, it was worse for one Australian bettor, who lost AU$160,000 (US$106,000) on the game – after placing the huge wager on Argentina to win the match against the middle-eastern minnows.
Australian operator TAB confirmed after the game that a bet of AU$160,000 had been made by an unnamed gambler on the game.
The initial bet would have gained the gambler AU$20,800 in profit, which many would have said was a safe bet before the events in Qatar’s Lusail Stadium unfolded.
As one of the favourites to win the tournament, Argentina got off to a quick start, with Lionel Messi slotting home a penalty in the opening 15 minutes of the game – before Argentina had three goals ruled out for offside. And, by the time the half-time whistle went, the South Americans were cruising.
Saudi Arabia, a team ranked outside the top 50 in the world, needed a miracle to get anything from the match against such strong opposition.
Yet – divine intervention or not – the players came out in the second half determined not to embarrass themselves on the highest stage.
First, Al Shehri equalised just after the game had restarted the second half; then Al Dawsari curled a stunning shot into the top corner to give the Saudis a shock lead.
Despite the powers of Messi and co, Argentina could not break down a robust Saudi defence – leaving the AU$160,000 Australian bettor in disbelief, along with countless other players – and the entire nation of Argentina.
In the end, it comes down to what Kenny Rogers sang about: you got to know when to hold them and when to fold them.