Video: Al-Bulaihi saves Saudi Arabia from the Oman trap at the last minute

The Saudi national team was able to escape the trap of the Oman national team after defeating it 2-1 in the first round of the 2023 Asian Cup groups.

The Omani Reds took the lead in the 14th minute through Salah Al Yahyai from a penalty kick, and the match seemed very complicated for coach Roberto Mancini’s squad.

Through an individual effort, Abdul Rahman Gharib was able to translate Saudi Arabia’s control in the second half into a draw in the 78th minute.

A few seconds before the end of the match, and in light of unlimited Saudi control over the match, Ali Al Balihi scored the winning goal with a header.

This victory is very important for Saudi Arabia to reduce the amount of pressure on coach Mancini after his press conference in which he attacked the excluded players, and how they responded to him by denying what he said.

The Saudi Green score rose to 3 points in second place, equally with leaders Thailand, with the latter having the advantage in goals after beating Kyrgyzstan 2-0.

Saudi Arabia will face its Kyrgyz counterpart next Sunday, then ends its group campaign by facing Thailand on Thursday.

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