Big upset puts global spotlight on Saudi players

Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 12:30 am

Big upset puts global spotlight on Saudi players

#DohaWith a squad full of domestic league players and a French coach, Saudi Arabia’s shocking upset of Lionel Messi and Argentina suddenly put the team in the international spotlight.A skyscraper in downtown Doha was lit up with the image of Saudi Arabia’s flag on Tuesday night as fans throughout the Middle East celebrated the unexpected victory. In London, the Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat read: “The Green Magicians Defy Expectations.” So just who are these guys?While Saudi Arabia, the second lowest-ranked team in the tournament many of the players were also part of the squad that went to the 2018 World Cup. But none play outside of their home country.Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari became instant national heroes with second-half goals in the 2-1 victory over the Argentines. Both play for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia’s top league, as does goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais, who preserved the win with a pair of late saves. All three also played in Russia four years ago. In fact, 12 players on the team’s 26-man roster are with Al Hilal, which has won a record 18 Saudi league championships and is coached by Ramon Diaz of Argentina. Al Nassr boasts six national team players. Aldawsari scored the winner in the 53rd minute against Argentina, celebrating with a cartwheel and a backflip. Agencies

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