Saudi Arabia vs Brazil LIVE Football Match Score July 28/7/2021
Al Shehri will be buoyed by the arrival of Al Fateh striker Feras Al Beraikan who was called up late to lessen the blow of losing 2018 AFC Young Player of the Year Turki Al Ammar who had suffered an tournament-ending injury just before the opening match. “We wish we could have gotten the three points,” said Al Dawsari in the aftermath of the result. “It wasn’t to be. Better luck next time, we promise to do better in upcoming days.” The next challenge for head coach Saad Al Shehri’s men will not be an easy one as they face a Germany side equally keen on a rebound, having lost 4-2 to Brazil in their first match of the campaign.
Germany looked set to mount a historic comeback, having gone 3-0 down at the break courtesy of a Richarlison hat-trick inside the opening half an hour. Nadiem Amiri curled Germany’s first goal of the campaign in the 57th minute and Ragnar Ache (pictured below, right) headed in to put them within touching distance of equalising with six minutes to go, but Bayer Leverkusen forward Paulinho delivered the sucker punch in added time to dash the Germans’ hopes.
A win for Brazil guarantees them top place in Group D in the men’s football at the Tokyo Olympics when they face Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The Asian side can no longer qualify for the knockouts after losing their opening two games, but they can still make life tough for the Selecao who need a point to ensure qualification.
Despite dominating possession against Germany Under-23s on Sunday, Saad Al-Shehri’s side allowed the Germans to create more chances in front of goal and Stefan Kuntz’s team capitalised on that.
Sami Al-Najei helped Saudi Arabia come from behind twice on the weekend, netting his first goals at the Tokyo Games, but even though Germany were reduced to 10 players when Amos Pieper was sent off after 67 minutes, they sealed a 3-2 win through Felix Uduokhai’s strike.
That result means that Saudi Arabia’s youngsters have not managed to surpass their previous best at an Olympics, when they were eliminated at the group stages in 1996 – with the senior team representing the nation prior to 1992.
Brazil celebrates after beating Germany in Group D play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Nissan Stadium on July 22, 2021
Brazil have all but secured their place in the last eight with the four points that they have earned so far this summer, as they look to defend their Olympic gold medal which they won at home in 2016.
After a Richarlison hat-trick and a late strike from Paulinho completed a victory against Germany in the opening round of games, Brazil had to settle for a goalless draw last time out when they faced Ivory Coast Under-23s.