Saudi Arabia loses friendly against Venezuela

Al-Akhdar lost his first game against Colombia on Sunday with the same result, in two games in which French coach Herve Renard joined many players with the aim of standing up for their level.

The Saudi team has never seen its Venezuelan counterpart, but it is the 25th game between the Green and Latin American teams, winning only one, drawing 10 and losing 14.

Saudi Arabia is in a strong group in the World Cup final, which starts in November, and will include Argentina, Poland and Mexico.

The Venezuelan side rushed into attack at the start of the first half and were close to scoring were it not for the ingenuity of Muhammad Al Owais to block Everton striker Salomon Rondon’s header and shoot brilliantly into the corner (14) .

After that, the green became a bit active, but his attacks posed no danger, unlike the Venezuelan side, who almost got the right of way after falling behind defensively, but Yverson Sutildo’s ball turned the defense into a corner (35).

And from a cross, Venezuela was able to score when Al Owais saved a header and returned to Nahuel Ferrari, who made it strong in goal (36).

Al-Akhdar had another chance to equalize, but Yasser Al-Shahrani’s ball went wide of the post (40).

With the start of the second half, a chance arose for Venezuela, but John Morello’s ball, who was alone in the goal, went wide of the post (48).

Al Owais saved his goal from an investigator when he blocked Rondon’s ball before it returned and the defense cleared the danger (53).

Renard made several changes with the entry of Sultan Al-Ghannam, Abdullah Atif and Sami Al-Najei with the aim of revitalizing the centre, but Venezuela would have added a second goal if Al-Owais hadn’t been so brilliant, who brilliantly blocked Rondon’s header (69).

Al-Akhdar missed a real chance to correct when substitute Abdullah Al-Hamdan kidnapped the ball and was in front of the goal, but his ball was blocked by Venezuelan goalkeeper Joel Graterol (77).

Al Owais continued his brilliance as he blocked and cornered Fernando Aristegheta’s ball (88). Al-Akhdar almost equalized the result in the final seconds, were it not for goalkeeper Joel’s effort to fly the sheep’s ball into a corner.