The Saudi team continued their winning streak by securing their third straight victory over their guest, the Japanese team, with a clean goal, in the matchup hosted by King Abdullah Stadium, “The Radiant Jewel” in Jeddah, during the third stage. group competitions for the final qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Both teams shared the advantage in the first half after exchanging attacks, which started with Japan’s Endo when he hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, but he found the keeper. Mohammed Al Owais, who narrowly missed it.
The Saudi team reacted and were on the verge of opening the scoring when defender Abdullah Mado stood up on his colleague Salman Al-Faraj’s cross to turn the ball with his head, but he found the keeper Japanese Gonda, who narrowly missed it.
Al-Akhdar continued his attack, and his defender Abdulelah Al-Omari had a dangerous chance, who received a special cross from his colleague Sultan Al-Ghannam to turn the ball with his head, but he went out of the goal.
Before the end of the first half, the Japanese team stepped up their attack, and their striker Osaka missed a goal after receiving a special pass from his colleague Shisaki to face the goal and kick the ball, but she lost. found the brilliant goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais, who saved him.
In the second half, Al-Akhdar imposed his control and player Abdul Rahman Gharib missed a goal after receiving a pass from his colleague Saleh Al-Shehri to face the goal and kick the ball, but he found goalkeeper Gonda , who narrowly missed it.
The Saudi team continued their attack and captain Salman Al-Faraj almost opened the scoring by hitting a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, but he crossed the Japanese crossbar.
And in the 71st minute, substitute Firas Al-Braikan, the Saudi striker, scored the game-winning goal for Al-Akhdar after taking advantage of a poor pass from Japanese defender Yoshida to face the goal and put the ball between his feet. of the guardian Gonda.
With this result, the Saudi team’s record rose to 9 points, 3 points ahead of the second Australian team, which faces Oman at the same time, and the Japanese team stayed on its previous score of 3 points, for fall to fourth place.