Italy to face Saudi Arabia in friendly next month

Italian players react with dismay after failing to beat Sweden over the course of a two-legged World Cup play-off qualifier at the San Siro, in Milan, last November, and failing to qualify for Russia 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Italy to face Saudi Arabia in friendly next month

  • Four-time World Cup champions Italy failed to qualify for this summer's tournament for the first time in six decades.
  • Saudi Arabia will face host Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14.

ROME: Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.
While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006.
Saudi Arabia will face host Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14.
The friendly at Kybunpark Stadium will mark the first time Italy face Saudi Arabia.
Italy then play France in Nice on June 1, and hosts the Netherlands in Turin three days later.


LIVE: Brazil v. Argentina in Saudi Arabia

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LIVE: Brazil v. Argentina in Saudi Arabia

35 MINUTES: A lull in the action, but the fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys.

The fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys. (Reuters)

31 MINUTES: CLOSE - Argentina's Paulo Dybala hits the ball in from a mid-range free kick, but the effort goes just wide of the right post.

29 MINUTES: HOW HAS HE NOT SCORED? Miranda gathers a nice lofted pass deep inside the Argentina box and attempts to put the ball low into the middle of the goal, but somehow his shot is kept out by a host of defending players.

20 MINUTES: There's a glimpse of the rivalry between these two nations, Brazil's Danilo commits a rough challenge and it's a free kick to Argentina. No love lost here.

15 MINUTES: Brazil are having the better of this game, with nearly two-thirds of possession and are looking the more dangerous here in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. (Reuters)

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. 

Argentina thumped a hapless Iraq 4-0 with a dominant display as Lautaro Martinez on Friday, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi all beat Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan to ensure a resounding victory. While Brazil had a comfortable 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia last week.