• Asian Cup
  • 07 January 2019

Six Facts about the Green Falcon's Prevalence over North Korea before the Asian Match


In recent and old history, the Saudi National Team used to prevail over its North Korean counterpart before their expected match in Group E of the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates for the first round, on January 8, at Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.

The official website of the SAFF highlights a number of facts about the Green Falcons team's prevalence in its matches with the Koreans:

- The Green Falcons team played 9 matches against North Korea, out of which it won 4 matches, including 2 wins in the World Cup Qualifiers;

2-0 in the 1990 World Cup and 2-1 in the 1994 World Cup, in addition to a 1-0 friendly win on July 23, 2001, and a 4-1 win in the 2015 Asian Cup, against two victories for Korea; a win of 4-3 from the penalty shootout after a negative tie in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, and a win with a clean goal in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.

- The Green Falcons team scored 12 goals against North Korea, while Korea scored only the half, 6 goals, against Saudi Arabia.

- The biggest victory in the matches of the two teams was for the Green Falcons team, with four goals against one goal, in the 2015 Asian Cup. This was the only victory for Saudi Arabia in the last two editions of Asian Cup.

- Saudi Arabia is 40 points higher than North Korea in the FIFA Ranking, with the Green Falcons team maintaining the 69th place and North Korea the 109th place.

- The Green Falcons team participated in the Asian Cup 9 times, and won the title three times in 1984, 1988 and 1996, while North Korea participated only 4 times, with its best achievement having been the 4th place in the 1980 edition.

- Mohammed Al-Sahlawi is the top scorer of the Green Falcons team in the matches against the North Korea, with a total of two goals, and the player with the highest number of participations is Osama Hussawi, with four matches.

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