Flashes of Arab unity at World Cup after years of discontent

  • FILE - Saudi supporters celebrate after Saudi Arabia won the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Nov. 22, 2022. For a brief moment after Saudi Arabia's Salem Aldawsari fired a soccer ball from just inside the penalty box into the back of the net to seal a win against Argentina, Arabs across the divided Middle East found something to celebrate. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

  • Fans of Saudi Arabia celebrate their team 2-1 victory over Argentina in a World Cup group C soccer match, outside the Lusail Stadium in Lusail Qatar, on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

DOHA, Qatar — For a brief moment after Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsari fired a ball from just inside the penalty box into the back of the net to seal a World Cup win against Argentina, Arabs across the divided Middle East found something to celebrate.