Saudi Arabia kicked off their World Cup campaign with one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.
The Green Falcons came from behind 1-0 down and shocked Lionel Messi’s Argentina with goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari in their opening Group C match.
However, Saudi Arabia were beaten by Poland in their second group match, when a missed penalty and a sensational defensive error cost them dearly.
They will face Mexico in their final group match and still have a chance to reach the knockout stage.
Saudi Arabia 2022 World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly)
Defenders: Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal)
Midfielders: Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al -Nassr), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab)
Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al-Shabab), Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal) Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh)
Who are the names of the stars in the team?
Salem Al-Dawsari, who plays on the left wing, made a brief appearance for Villarreal in La Liga in 2018, while on loan from his Saudi club.
He made 65 appearances and was a key asset to the team in Russia, scoring the late winner against Egypt in their final group stage match. He followed that up in 2022 with the winning goal against Argentina.
Another star player in the 2018 squad was captain Salman Al-Faraj, who equalized from the penalty spot in Egypt’s win.
Worrying for Renard, he picked up a shoulder injury in Saudi Arabia’s pre-tournament friendly against Iceland but his coach called him up anyway, with Al-Faraj expected to recover in time for their first group stage match of his country.
What are Saudi Arabia’s matches?
What is Saudi Arabia’s world record?
They exited the group stage of Russia 2018 with just one win and two losses.
For much of Saudi Arabia’s current squad, that was their first and only taste of the World Cup campaigns as they failed to qualify in both 2010 and 2014.
That said, Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national team in history to reach the round of 16 at a World Cup in 1994, their debut in the tournament, one of the few Asian teams to do so.
Saudi Arabia won the Asian Cup three times in the 1980s and 1990s.
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