• Asian Cup
  • 08 January 2019

The National Team Begins its Asian Cup Journey with a Big Victory over North Korea

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The National Team began its journey in the 2019 Asian Cup, held until the first of February in the United Arab Emirates, with a 4-0 win over its North Korean counterpart in Group E.

The green-shirted team scored two goals in the first half and two in the second half, which is the first victory of the Saudi National Team in the opening round of the Asian Nations, since the 6-0 win over Thailand in the first round of the 1996 UAE championship.

Hattan Bahebri initiated soring with a start from the left which ended with a shot into the far corner of the North Korean goalkeeper, scoring the first goal in the 28th minute. This prevalence has been strengthened in the 37th minute, by Mohammed Al Fattil who controlled a free kick from Hussein Al-Meqhawi and wonderfully flicked it into the net with his heel.

In the second half, Salem Al-Dossari scored the green-shirted team's third goal in the 70th minute, after the ball reached him inside the penalty area. He dodged the North Korean defender and shoot the ball into the net. Then, Fahad Al-Muwallad concluded the four goals in the 87th minute after receiving a cross-cross inside the penalty area, which he flicked into the Korean net with his left foot.

The green-shirted team has maintained the lead of Group E with three points after their first match in the group. Matches will resume on Wednesday with Lebanon and Qatar match.

Juan Antonio Pizzi started the match with a formation that consisted of Mohammed Al-Owais, as a goalkeeper; Mohammed Al-Brik, Mohammed Al Fattil, Ali Al-Balihi and Yasser Al-Shahrani in the defense; Hussein Al-Meqhawi, Abdullah Ateef, Abdul Aziz Al-Bishi, Salem Al-Dossari and Hattan Bahebri in the midfield; and Fahad Al-Muwallad in the attack.

Coach Pizzi made three substitutions in the second half, firstly in the 72nd minute, replacing Abdul Aziz Al-Bishi by Abdul Rahman Gharib, and then in the 78th minute, Hattan Bahebri by Mohammed Al-Saeiri, and finally Yasser Al-Shahrani by Hamdan Al-Shahrani in the 82nd minute.

The green-shirted team will play its second match against the Lebanese team on Saturday at Al Maktoum Stadium at the UAE Al-Nasr Club.

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