The Saudi national team lost to Cote d’Ivoire 1-2, in a match that brought them together today, Thursday, in the opening of the fourth group matches of the football competition within the Tokyo Olympics, which opens officially on Friday.
Côte d’Ivoire opened the scoring, in the 39th minute, with a reverse goal, scored by Saudi player, Abdelilah Ali Al-Omari, by an own goal, then Salem Al-Dosari equalized in favor of the Saudi Al-Akhdar one minute before the end of the first half.
In the second half, specifically in the 66th minute, Frank Casey grabbed the winning goal for Côte d’Ivoire.
Côte d’Ivoire’s player, Aboubacar Doumbia, got a red card in the seventh minute of overtime.
With this victory, Côte d’Ivoire scored the first three points in Group D, which it leads temporarily, while Saudi Arabia remained without points, and its task in reaching the quarter-finals was complicated, because it will face two fateful confrontations in the next two rounds against defending champion Brazil and Germany.