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Saudis Crushed by France's Offensive Onslaught
Thierry Henry scored two goals to help France defeat Saudi Arabia, 4-0, on June 18. Saudi defender Mohammed Khilaiwi was ejected in the 19th minute after a tackle on Bixente Lizarazu, and the Saudis played shorthanded until Zinedine Zidane was ejected in the second half.

From AP

 JUNE 12: Denmark Beats Saudi Arabia, 1-0
 JUNE 18: France's 4-0 Rout of Saudi Arabia is Costly
 JUNE 24: South Africans Thwarted by Penalty Kicks
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World Cup Highlights

 Reached round of 16 in USA 94
 Second appearance in the World Cup
 Triple Asian champions


First-Round Results

Day Opponent Site
Friday, June 12 Denmark 1, Saudi Arabia 0 Lens
Thursday, June 18 France 4, Saudi Arabia 0 Saint-Denis
Wednesday, June 24 S. Africa 2, Saudi Arabia 2 Bordeaux

Complete First-Round Results


Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GK Hussein Sadiq 24 al-Qadisiyah
GK Mohammed Deayea 25 al-Tae
GK Tisir Antaif 24 al-Ettifaq
D Abdul Aziz Janoubi 24 al-Nasr
D Hussein Sulimani 21 al-Ahli
D Ahmed Dosari 22 al-Hilal
D Abdullah Zubromawi 24 al-Ahli
D Mohammed Jahani 23 al-Ahli
D Mohammed Khilaiwi 26 al-Ittihad
D Ahmed Madani 28 al-Ittihad
D Obied Dosari 22 al-Wehda
D Hamzah Saleh 31 al-Ahli
M Nawaf Temiyat 22 al-Hilal
M Fuad Amin 25 al-Shabab
M Khalid Muwalid 26 al-Ahli
M Ibrahim Harbi 22 al-Nasr
M Khamis Owairan 24 al-Hilal
F Fahad Mehalel 27 al-Shabab
F Sami Jaber 25 al-Hilal
F Saeed Owairan 30 al-Shabab
F Ibrahim Shahrani 23 al-Ahli
F Youssef Tunaian 34 al-Hilal


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
9 2 3 26 7
How Qualified: First place in AFC Group A
DateResult
AFC Second Round — Group A
Nov. 12, 1997Qatar 0, Saudi Arabia 1
Nov. 6, 1997 Saudi Arabia 1, China 1
Oct. 24, 1997 Saudi Arabia 1, Iran 0
Oct. 17, 1997 Kuwait 2, Saudi Arabia 1
Oct. 11, 1997Saudi Arabia 1, Qatar 0
Oct. 3, 1997 China 1, Saudi Arabia 0
Sept. 19, 1997 Iran 1, Saudi Arabia 1
Sept. 14, 1997 Saudi Arabia 2, Kuwait 1
AFC First Round — Group 1
March 31, 1997 Saudi Arabia 6, Taiwan 0
March 29, 1997 Saudi Arabia 3, Malaysia 0
March 27, 1997 Saudi Arabia 3, Bangladesh 0
March 20, 1997 Bangladesh 1, Saudi Arabia 4
March 18, 1997 Malaysia 0, Saudi Arabia 0
March 16, 1997 Taiwan 0, Saudi Arabia 2


Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
Population: 20,087,965 (July 1997 estimate, includes 5,164,790 non-nationals)
Capital: Riyadh
Comparative area: Slightly more than one-fifth the size of the United States
Religions: Muslim 100 percent
Landscape: Harsh, dry desert with great extremes of temperature


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