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Friday, September 4, 2015

Saudi Arabia Men's National Soccer Team News


September 3, 2015 - Mohammed Al Sahlawi scores hat-trick in win over Timor Leste
"Bert van Marwijk’s reign as Saudi Arabia coach began in positive fashion on Thursday as the three-time Asian champions enjoyed  a convincing 7-0 win over Timor Leste to join Gulf neighbours the UAE at the top of the Group A table. Van Marjwik, who led his native Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, had to wait just two mintes to see his new charges get their first competitive goal which came courtesy of Yahya Al Shehri before his Al Nassr team-mate Mohammed Al Sahlawi followed up his double in the 3-2 opening win over Palestine with two in the space of three minutes at the King Abdullah Sports Centre Stadium. Al Sahlawi’s first of the game came from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute and after the 28-year-old striker scored his second and Saudi Arabia’s third, further goals from Salman Al Faraj (30th) and Taiseer Al Jassam (32nd) gave the Green Falcons a commanding 5-0 lead at the interval. Timor Leste held out until the 71st minute when Al Sahlawi completed his hat-trick to take his tally for the tournament to five goals in two matches before Fahad Al Muwallad sealed the win two minutes later." - AFC

June 11, 2015 - Mohammad Al Sahlawi scores brace in win over Palestine
"An injury-time winner from Mohammad Al Sahlawi gave Saudi Arabia the win over Palestine in their exciting clash at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium. Saudi Arabia scored twice in the first-half though Yehya Al Shehri and Al Sahlawi to go into the break leading 2-0. Palestine pulled a goal back in the 51st minute through Pablo Tamburrini. In the 91st minute the scores were level after Matias Jadue scored.  The match looked like it would end in a draw but Al Sahlawi had other ideas and got the winner in the 93rd minute to give his side the 3-2 win." - Fox Sports Asia

January 14, 2015 - Mohammed Al Sahlawi scores brace in win over North Korea
"Mohammed Al Sahlawi scored twice in quick succession just after half-time as three-time winners Saudi Arabia kept their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 quarter-final hopes alive after recording a 4-1 comeback win over DPR Korea on Wednesday. DPR Korea’s first AFC Asian Cup goal since November 1992 after 11 minutes from Ryang Yong-gi had given Jo Tong-sop’s side hope of bouncing back from Saturday’s opening defeat by Uzbekistan in Group B. But after Naif Hazazi equalised for Saudi Arabia before half-time, Al Sahlawi’s quickfire double in the space of three second-half minutes and a late strike from Nawaf Al Abid ensured Cosmin Olaroiu’s side their first three points of the campaign having lost to China at the weekend and ended the quarter-final hopes of former semi-finalists DPR Korea." - AFC

December 25, 2014 - Asian Cup roster named
"Recently-crowned Asian Footballer of the Year Nasser Al Shamrani headlines Saudi Arabia’s squad for the Asian Cup in Australia next month. The striker is one of nine players with 20 or more caps for Saudi Arabia, who was named in Cosmin Olaroiu’s squad on Thursday, ahead of the Middle Eastern team’s arrival in Australia on Friday. Captain Saudi Kariri (125 caps) is the most experienced player in the squad, while Osama Hawsawi (97) and Taiseer Al Jassam (90) are also stalwarts of Saudi football. Al Shamrani, who has 13 goals in 63 appearances for his country, was given the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) highest honour last month based on his performances in the AFC Champions League (ACL) with Al Hilal." - Sportal

November 23, 2014 - Shamrani, Abed & Dawsari score in win over UAE
"Saudi Arabia left it late to book their place in the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations final after recording a 3-2 semi-final win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday evening. The Green Falcons broke the deadlock at the King Fahd International Stadium after 19 minutes, when Nasser Al Shamrani was allowed to ghost into the box completely unmarked and turn home a dangerous ball by Saeed Al Muwallad. Just three minutes later, they looked firmly in control of proceedings as Nawaf Al Abed doubled their lead by rifling a shot past Ali Khasif, after some awful defending from the Emiratis had seen them fail to deal with Taisir Al Jassim’s right-wing delivery. However, UAE were handed a lifeline eight minutes into the second half when Ahmed Khalil nodded home an Amer Abdulrahman freekick, and the Al Ahli striker scored again in the 79th minute as the defending champions looked to have pulled off a stunning comeback. But with four minutes left on the clock, Salem Al Dawsari popped up and found the back of the net to win it for the hosts and keep alive their hopes of becoming champions for the first time since 2003." - AFC 

November 19, 2014 - Nawaf Al Abid scores in win over Yemen
"Nawaf Al Abid’s lone strike handed Gulf Cup hosts Saudi Arabia a narrow 1-0 win over Yemen in Group A’s final round of fixtures at the King Fahd International Stadium on Wednesday. The result sees the Green Falcons qualify top of their group on seven points, four points clear of second-placed Qatar, who recorded their third successive point in a goalless draw with Bahrain in a match held simultaneously the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium.... The hosts’ efforts eventually paid off before the half hour, when Al Abid struck the ball into the top left of the net from Taisir Al Jassim’s corner." - Gulf News

November 16, 2014 - Nasser Al-Shamrani scores in win over Bahrain
"Saudi Arabia scored its first full three points with a 3-0 victory over Bahrain on Sunday in the 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International Stadium.... Nasser Al-Shamrani opened the account for the Saudis with a goal in the 26th minute, which turned out to be the only needed burst for the hosts as their opponents' game unravelled and gave up own goals by Abdulla Al-Hazaa and Mohammed Hussain Mohammed in the 54th and 70th minutes respectively." - Arab News

November 6, 2014 - Naif Hazazi & Fahad Al Muwallad score in win over Palestine
"A goal in each half helped Saudi Arabia to a 2-0 victory over fellow AFC Asian Cup 2015 hopefuls Palestine in Dammam as the Green Falcons played their final match ahead of the Gulf Cup of Nations. Al Shabab striker Naif Hazazi gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute after he was put through on goal by Taisir Al Jassim. Hazazi then set up young gun Fahad Al Muwallad shortly before the hour mark to seal the victory. The win was Saudi Arabia’s first in the last six matches stretching back to their final AFC Asian Cup qualifier where they defeated Indonesia 1-0." - AFC

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