Saudi Arabia routs N Korea 4-0 in Asian Cup; Iraq also wins
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This time, Saudi Arabia was on the right side of a rout in its opening game at a major tournament.
The Saudis beat North Korea 4-0 on Tuesday at the Asian Cup with two well-executed goals in each half , dominating the game even before midfielder Han Kwang-song was sent off in the 44th minute.
Saudi coach says players not rattled by plane incident
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national team endured an engine malfunction on the flight to Rostov-on-Don. That's not exactly the best preparation for a World Cup match against Uruguay.
The Saudis landed in the southern Russian city late Monday after flames were seen coming out of one of the engines. Team officials refused to speak to reporters after the incident, but the country's soccer association confirmed the episode and said all its players and staff were fine.
As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab
MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings.