Saudis to hold players ‘accountable’ for World Cup drubbing

Deanna Kelley
June 17, 2018

"I believe in the players and I believe that we will perform better in the next match".

The big win, after a series of seven games without success in the run-up, was a morale-booster for the whole country even though the Saudis were a harmless opponent at the Luzhniki.

Earlier, Golovin told reporters he was not thinking about how his performance may raise his profile: "I'm not paying attention to that because of the World Cup", he said.

The Saudi Arabia football federation chief, Adel Ezzat has listed three players who will be punished when they return home from the World Cup after their disastrous opening-day defeat to the host nation, Russia.

Group C features 1998 World Cup champions France along with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified a year ago for the finals.

Australia are World Cup veterans, while Denmark and Peru both have talented players on their squad.

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FFT would normally chuckle at such an overreaction - but then we remember watching that defensive display all over again.

Saudi Arabia still have two more games against Luis Suarez's Uruguay or Mohamed Salah's Egypt in Group A.

"I have seen progress since we started working together".

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, will invest $100 mln in the construction of Tushino, Russia's largest technological park, the Russian Direct Investment Fund also added.

Cherchesov didn't object but politely pointed out that "he probably overlooked how much more disciplined, compact and mature we played" compared to previous games.

But if past history is anything to go by, Pizzi could well become the next coaching casualty of this tournament if Saudi authorities react with the emotive anger displayed in the past.

"At the Confed Cup we won 2-0 but it didn't bring us very far".

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