World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia score, schedule, complete squad, TV and live stream, players to watch
The Saudi Arabian national team are making its fifth appearance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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With its 1-0 loss to Uruguay, Saudi Arabia was eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday. The team just couldn't put anything together in its two matches, getting routed by Russia 5-0 in the first match and failing to put together any offense against Uruguay in its second.
Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to qualify with Chile and was later hired by Saudi Arabia in 2017, simply found himself playing matches against two teams that Saudi Arabia couldn't match up to. It will have a match that's effectively a friendly against Egypt next week.
World Cup appearances: Five
Best finish: Round of 16 in 1994
Last World Cup: 2006
Thursday, June 14:
Wednesday, June 20:
Monday, June 25: vs. Egypt at 10 a.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)
Goalkeepers: Assaf Al-Qarny (Al-Ittihad), Mohammed Al-Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al-Musailem (Al Alhi), Abdullah Al-Mayuf (Al Hilal).
Defenders: Mansoor Al-Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al-Breik (Al HIlal), Saeed Al-Mowalad (Al Ahli), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsaw (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Mohammed Jahfali (Al Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al Hilal).
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al-Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al-Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abed, Mohamed Kanno (all Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Mohammed Al-Kwikbi (Al Ettifaq), Salem Al-Dawsari (Villarreal, Spain), Yehya Al-Shehri (Leganes, Spain).
Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante, Spain), Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).
Striker Mohamed Al-Sahlawi of Al-Nassr. He's a prolific scorer who can put the ball away in a variety of ways. Now, he isn't a world beater by any imagination, but he's a hard-working player who doesn't need much space to make an impact.
Player to watch
Fahad Al-Muwallad. The young winger had such a promising start to his career that European clubs were interested in him, having joined Levante this year on loan. But he's found chances hard to come by in Spain, so whether he has had enough minutes to be a starter remains to be seen. If he can play, he can do some damage. He's short at 5-foot-6, but he's speedy and does well keeping the ball close to his feet. He may be looked at as a guy to send balls into Al-Sahlawi or work combinations with him on the counter.
If this were any other group, they probably wouldn't have a chance. And they still aren't likely to get four points from Russia and Egypt, but there's always the element of unpredictability. Their most likely victory is probably against Egypt, though I don't expect them to win a game at the tournament. If they can compete in the group, it will be a good tournament for them. All that comes to mind when I think about Saudi Arabia and World Cup is back in 2002. I recall waking up one morning with my dad to watch Germany and the Saudis play. That game ended 8-0 to the Germans and has been engraved in my mind. For that reason, I fear another tough tournament for this team. We'll see if they can prove me wrong.
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