Saudi Arabia vs Colombia – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/06/2022
Saudi Arabia will begin their preparations for the World Cup finals with a friendly match against Colombia on Sunday. Colombia, on the other hand, have endured a tumultuous period after they missed out on qualification for the World Cup. Despite losing fewer qualifying games than the teams that finished in third, fourth and fifth position, Colombia’s inability to convert draws into victories cost them a spot in the top five of the standings.
After finishing one point adrift of a playoff place, the decision was subsequently made to remove Reinaldo Rueda from his position as head coach. Rueda’s successor was announced on Thursday, with Nesto Lorenzo the individual that has been tasked with leading La Tricolor, although the new boss is not expected to be at the helm for Sunday’s contest. With a new manager to impress, a much-changed Colombian squad will be motivated to showcase their talents against Saudi Arabia, as they bid to clinch a third consecutive victory. The contest, which takes place on neutral grounds at the Estadio Enrique Roca in Murcia, also represents the start of a new era for Colombia, who failed to qualify for Qatar.
Saudi Arabia are currently looking forward to their sixth World Cup finals appearance after making light work of the qualification process. Herve Renard’s side breezed through the second round of qualifying before replicating that feat in the third round by topping a group that featured Japan and Australia. With their place in Qatar secured, the Green Falcons head to Murcia to begin their preparations for the biggest tournament in football, which begins in November. They will face two South American teams in the South East of Spain, starting with a tricky encounter against Colombia on Sunday before facing Venezuela on Thursday. Although Saudi Arabia have won just two of their previous seven internationals, they have the opportunity to clinch back-to-back victories after beating Australia in their most recent outing.
Estadio Enrique Roca de Murcia will be the playground of a friendly match between Saudi Arabia and Colombia, who are scheduled to meet on 05/06. Saudi Arabia is preparing for the World Cup in the end of the year, while Colombia is currently not participating in any major tournament.
On March 29th Saudi Arabia ended in a slender 1:0 victory against Australia at home in a WC Qualification Asia encounter. They have not suffered a loss for two games, in a row, with 1 win and 1 draw in total. Playing on home ground worked miracles throughout Saudi Arabia’s recent 10 meetings. The home side earned the victory 5 times in total and avoided defeat on 8 occasions. Across their previous five matches, none produced over 2.5 goals and one saw both sides netting goals. Saudi Arabia succeeded in keeping two clean sheets during these, while they proved unsuccessful in scoring in two. Their last five outings finished with 7 goals scored in total.
Colombia previously faced Venezuela on Wednesday and the final score was a slender 0:1 victory away from home. Presently the nation is enjoying a streak of two victories in succession. The home crowd, usually referred to as the “12th player”, have failed to significantly impact Colombia’s recent ten meetings, as they ended in 4 home triumphs and 2 away wins. Two out of the last five matches of the national selection featured over 2.5 goals, with one witnessing goals at both ends of the field. Colombia’s defensive efforts proved enough to limit the opposition to no goals in two of these games and they failed to score on their own in two. There were not that many goals during the last five outings, with players netting an average of 1.8.
Saudi Arabia will take on Colombia in an international friendly at the Estadio Nueva Condomina on Sunday. Saudi Arabia have qualified for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar and this will be their first game in a series of friendlies lined up before the global event. Colombia meanwhile failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, missing out on a playoff spot in the CONMEBOL qualifiers by just one point. They are not scheduled to play any more games after this one for a while. Saudi are heading into the tie on the back of a confidence boosting 1-0 win over Australia in the qualifiers, while the Tricolors defeated Venezuela by the same scoreline in March.
The Green Falcons had a convincing and impressive third round of qualifying, topping the group that featured Japan and Australia. In the last game against the Socceroos, Salem al-Dawsari scored the lone goal of the match from the penalty spot to clinch the win. With their place in Qatar secured, Herve Renard’s side head to Murcia to begin their preparations for the biggest tournament in football. They will face two South American teams in Spain, starting with Colombia before taking on Venezuela on Thursday. Saudi won seven of their 10 third round qualifying games, that included a 1-0 win over Japan in October, 2021.
Colombia on the other hand, had a heartbreaking qualifying campaign, missing out on the top-five by finest of margins. Despite losing fewer games than the teams that finished fourth and fifth, Colombia’s inability to convert draws into wins cost them a spot in the playoffs. Meanwhile after failing to secure qualification, head coach Reinaldo Rueda was replaced with Nesto Lorenzo. The Colombian side is likely to go through a slight transition under the new boss and the squad would be eager to impress the new coach.