In a well-versed football game for the Tokyo Games, 2021, Saudi Arab’s national heroes faced an unexpected defeat against the current champions, Brazil. The Saudi team put in quite an admirable effort, one that was only marred by the exquisite skills of the Brazil football team.
There were certain shortcomings on the defensive front for the Saudi team – miscalculations that would cost the Saudis their chance at striking gold.
The match was avidly watched by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee president, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal. The coach of the Saudi team, Saad Al-Shehri, sent out a team that seemingly focused on defending. Still, it took Brazil just under 15 minutes to take the lead when Matheus Cunha headed past the Saudi goalkeeper and successfully scored.
Although the Saudi team did a great job of keeping possession, almost matching it to the Brazil team, they struggled to threaten the opponents. Saudi team did manage to score an equalizer goal at the 27th minute with a free-kick that managed to find its mark under the vigilant guidance of Abdulelah Al-Amri.
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The happiness, however, was short-lived. Richarlison scored again, and the offside added extra time for a continued offense on the part of the Brazilians.
The Saudi team may have lost and dropped out of these Tokyo games, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. The next Olympics may be a chance for them to outshine and take home the contentment of bigger wins.