• Road To Russia
  • 28 May 2018

Green Falcons Barely Lose a Friendly Game with Italy

Preparing for FIFA World Cup 2018 in its camp in Switzerland, Saudi national team played its first friendly game on Sunday.

In a match where Head Coach Antonio Pizzi made sure to get to know most of the players on the team, the Green Falcons lost to Italy 1-2.

Mario Balotelli scored Italy's opener through a shot from outside the box in the 21st minute.

Andrea Belotti doubled Italy's advantage in the 69th minute of the match.

In the 72nd minute, Yahya Al-Shehri managed to score Saudi Arabia's goal after Salem Al-Dawsari made use of a defense slip to pass the ball to Al-Shehri who dribbled the Italian goalkeeper, delivering Green Falcons' only goal.

The Green Falcons are still to play two friendlies – against Peru and Germany on June 3 and 8 respectively – before engaging in World Cup competitions.

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