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Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia

What to look out for: 5 a.m. Eastern. FS1, Telemundo, Peacock (free).

They match up: The First match of What could it be? the final World Cup of the 35-year-old Lionel Messi’s transcendent career comes against the Argentina will face the weakest opponent. Sitting on 91 international goals, he’ll have a delicious opportunity to continue rampaging toward 100.

Even if he doesn’t score nine (or eight), Argentina, known as La Albiceleste, has not lost in 36 matches, and friends, if you expect that unbeaten streak — which commenced Before the coronavirus pandemic began, in July 2019 — to end against Saudi Arabia, then may we interest you in a bridge in Tierra del Fuego?

Saudi Arabia, bordering Qatar, is expected to be a strong representative at Lusail Stadium. They are its supporters. But its team, without a single player in a major European league, must somehow pierce Argentina’s defense, which has yielded three goals in the last 17 games. Buena suerte.