Saudi Arabia players facing 'a penalty' after World Cup defeat

Saudi Arabia players facing 'a penalty' after World Cup defeat

The tournament which is a month-long is expected to attract one and a half million fans to Russian Federation and an estimated global television audience of over three billion viewers.

Argentine-born Pizzi, who speaks no Arabic, was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified previous year for the finals.

"I could never have dreamed of anything like this".

He added: "Peace is what we are most interested in". "You don't apologize for victory in sport".

"This is the first time we're part of the World Cup in 36 years and we are so happy", she said with Peru facing Denmark on Saturday.




Only South Africa, in 2010, has failed to advance from the group stage as the host nation and a seven-match winless run had ramped up the pressure on Stanislav Cherchesov's side. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg.

While the mood is dark in the Saudi Arabia camp, it could not be brighter for the hosts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has weighed in on the speculation surrounding the president's hand gestures at Thursday's match with Saudi Arabia.

Dzyuba had played only once for Russian Federation since 2016, while Cheryshev and Gazinsky made two appearances in that time.

Saudi briefly threatened early in the second half when an inviting cross in from the right skipped just beyond the reach of Taiseer Al-Jassam. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time. Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia's first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

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