Saudi Arabia vs. Brazil: How the Green Falcons have fared in Samba showdowns gone by

All-Time great Ronaldiho scored a hat-trick during Brazil's 8-2 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in 1999. (AFP)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia vs. Brazil: How the Green Falcons have fared in Samba showdowns gone by

  • The two sides have faced each other four times, two of those clashes taking place in the Kingdom.
  • The last time Saudi Arabia came up against the Samba stars was in 2002.

A match against Brazil is always a glamor tie. Pitting your wits against the men in the famous yellow jersey is for many a dream come true. Saudi Arabia’s best have faced the Selecao four times — here we take a look at how the Green Falcons have fared.

1988 — 4-1 TO BRAZIL

The first meeting between the two sides came in 1988 in Melbourne and the 3,200 souls who went to watch it saw a Brazil side in transition easily beat the Green Falcons. All-time great Romario was on the pitch but did not get on the scoresheet.

1997 — 3-0 TO BRAZIL

The first time the Selecao played in the Kingdom their manager was none other than past Saudi Arabia boss, Mario Zagallo. He managed the Green Falcons between 1981 and 1984. This clash was part of one of the early Confederation Cups and a brace from Romario helped the visitors to a 3-0 win over Sami Al-Jaber and Co. in Riyadh. 

1999 — 8-2 TO BRAZIL

Two goals from Marzouk Al-Otaibi made the score 2-2 after 31 minutes. But any hope Saudi Arabia could shock the favorites for the Confederations Cup in Mexico was dashed as a side led by a Ronaldinho, who netted a hat-trick, scored six more without reply to win with ease.

2002 — 1-0 TO BRAZIL

The next time the Green Falcons faced Brazil — at the King Fahd International Stadium, in Riyadh — it was a much closer affair. Only a 73rd-minute strike from Djalminha separated the sides as the hosts put up a fine display in the friendly clash.


Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

Updated 19 October 2018
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Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

  • Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed over Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

MOSCOW: Ons Jabeur made history on Friday when she became the first Tunisian woman to reach a WTA final by seeing off Latvian fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed in one hour 37 minutes.
“This is really amazing and I’m really happy. I gave it all today, and it wasn’t easy because she plays really good,” said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory.
“Maybe I was too relaxed in the second set. At the end, I stayed calm. It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes.”
In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.
“They’re both playing good, so I hope they fight for four hours,” Jabeur had said. “The best win is that there is a Tunisian in the final.”
Jabeur lost her only career meeting against Kasatkina at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“She (Jabeur) plays interesting tennis with plenty of drop shots, often advances to the net,” Kasatkina said.
“Everything is possible in tomorrow’s final and I will just come onto the court and try to play my best.”
In the ATP event, France’s Adrian Mannarino ended Egor Gerasimov’s run beating the Belarus qualifier 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to set up a semifinal with Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who ousted fourth seeded Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat last year’s runner-up Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 will face third-seeded compatriot Karen Khachanov, who saw off Mirza Basic of Bosnia 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).