Saudi Arabia defeats China and achieves its fourth consecutive victory
The Saudi team continued its brilliance by achieving its fourth victory in a row, after its victory over its Chinese guest 3-2, in the confrontation hosted by Abdullah City Stadium, “The Radiant Jewel” in Jeddah, at the end of the fourth stage, in the final Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. The first half witnessed an advantage for the Saudi team, who started their attack early and managed to score the first goal after 15 minutes through player Sami Al-Najei, who hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area that settled in the Chinese net. The owner of the land continued his attack, and a dangerous opportunity arose for his striker, Saleh Al-Shehri, when he rose to the cross of Sultan Al-Ghannam and turned the ball with his head, but it went outside the net. The Chinese team responded quickly and striker Zhang Yong missed a goal after receiving a pass from his colleague Linpeng Zhang to face the goal and hit the ball, but it found goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais, who narrowly missed it. And at the 38th minute, Sami Al-Naji scored the second goal for Al-Akhdar after turning the cross of his colleague Sultan Al-Ghannam with his foot in the net against China. In the second half, the performance of the Chinese team improved, and its substitute player Liu Jiufu scored a goal to reduce the difference at the 45 + 1 minute, after he shot a smart ball that landed in the net of goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais. And at the 69th minute, the French coach, Herve Renard, was forced to make his first change by entering goalkeeper Fawaz Al-Qarni, replacing goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais. And in the 72nd minute, substitute Firas Al-Braikan, the Saudi striker, scored the third goal after turning his colleague Muhammad Kanno’s cross with his foot against China. The Chinese team intensified its attack in the last ten minutes and scored a single goal in the 87th minute through player Zhou Huo, who hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area that landed in the net of goalkeeper Fawaz Al-Qarni. With this result, the Saudi team’s tally rose to 12 points to take the lead, 3 points ahead of its runner-up, Australia, who lost to Japan, which raised its tally to 6 points to occupy fourth place, with a goal difference from Oman, which ranked fourth.