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Jamaica deny Saudi Arabia second victory


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia suffered a 2-1 defeat to Jamaica in an international friendly match at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium on Tuesday.

The two sides met last Saturday at the same venue with the Saudis showing their attacking prowess in a 3-0 win but things were different on Tuesday as Herve Renard's side were missing several players.

Salem Al Dawsari and Yasser Al Shahrani were both out due to injury, Abdulmajeed Al Sulayhem left the team camp due to family reasons while Ayman Yahya tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the match.

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Saudi Arabia had the first chance of the match after only three minutes when Abdullah Al Hamdan made his way into the area from the left but his low shot was blocked by Jamaica goalkeeper Dwayne Miller.

Jamaica went close when Leon Bailey sent in a cross which Greg Leigh connected with a first time shot from close range but Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al Rubeai cleared the ball for a corner in the 20th minute.

Saudi Arabia opened the scoring nine minutes later when Hattan Bahebri played a neat pass to Al Hamdan who slotted the ball home between the legs of Miller.

However, Jamaica levelled the score in the 34th minute when Daniel Johnson curled the ball into the far right corner past Al Rubeai.

Jamaica continued their good performance in the second half and took the lead four minutes after the hour mark when Javon East used his physical strength to steal the ball from second half substitute Mukhtar Ali before scoring in the bottom right corner.

The visitors nearly added a third goal in the 71st minute when Daniel Johnson played a short pass inside the area to Ravel Morrison whose shot was denied by the right upright.

The Saudis are preparing for the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, with the West Asians second in Group D with eight points from four matches.

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