Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons after defeat ends World Cup dream

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Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the Green Falcon’s performance in game two, even though their loss to Uruguay meant the end to team's World Cup dream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the Green Falcon’s performance in game two, even though their loss to Uruguay meant the end to team's World Cup dream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the Green Falcon’s performance in game two, even though their loss to Uruguay meant the end to team's World Cup dream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the Green Falcon’s performance in game two, even though their loss to Uruguay meant the end to team's World Cup dream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the Green Falcon’s performance in game two, even though their loss to Uruguay meant the end to team's World Cup dream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Young Green Falcons fans pose for a souvenir picture. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Two young Green Falcons fans taking a selfie. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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A view outside the General Sports Authority's viewing tent in Jeddah. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons after defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered on Wednesday after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means the team cannot qualify for the knockout round.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.


Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2019
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Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

  • The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday

JEDDAH: It is one of the most demanding skills in modern combat.
Now visitors to a military exhibition in Tabuk will get the chance to command a fighter plane and take part in a simulated air battle.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday.
An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience of fighter pilots taking off and joining in supersonic aerial combat.