(((WATCH##))) Saudi Arabia - Costa Rica live match 8 September 2023
Bolivia were the next visitors to Jeddah, and Al-Dawsari was again on the scoresheet to draw Saudi Arabia level on the stroke of half time, but they were unable to stay level, instead falling to another 2-1 beating as Carmelo Algaranaz netted the decisive goal in the 67th minute. Since those results, the Green Falcons have turned their focus to upcoming competitive action and taken action to replace former boss Herve Renard with Roberto Mancini. With their sights now set on the new World Cup Qualifying campaign beginning in November, with the aim of reaching the global competition group stage for the third consecutive occasion, Saudi Arabia will be keen to make a winning start under their new manager at St James' Park to build a degree of momentum.
Saudi Arabia vs Costa Rica live score
Saudi Arabia v Costa Rica LIVE 8. 9. 2023 | Football
Now looking ahead to the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League, in which they have a bye to the quarter-finals in November, and heading into a new era with Suarez having departed following the Gold Cup, Costa Rica will look to get back to winning ways in Friday's friendly and against the United Arab Emirates next week. Saudi Arabia friendly form: Saudi Arabia form (all competitions): Costa Rica friendly form: Costa Rica form (all competitions): Advert - content below: Team News Saudi Arabia have called up a full-strength squad for Roberto Mancini's first two matches at the helm, although they are without forward Saleh Al-Shehri, who has missed the start of the Saudi Pro League season with Al-Hilal, having netted 11 goals in his 25 international caps. Their main threats are on the wings, with Fahad Al-Muwallad and star man Salem Al-Dawsari both expected to play key roles, having netted 17 and 21 goals for the Green Falcons respectively.
Preview: Saudi Arabia vs. Costa Rica - prediction, teamSports Mole previews Friday's friendly clash between Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. Saudi Arabia will play in the first of a pair of friendlies at St James' Park on Friday, as they take on Costa Rica.
They meet a Costa Rica side who were in competitive action more recently, as Los Ticos travel to Newcastle on the back of their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign across June and July. Following their group-stage exit from the 2022 World Cup, Costa Rica suffered defeats in a pair of friendlies against Guatemala and Ecuador, before kicking off the Gold Cup group stage against Panama and eventually falling short again in a 2-1 loss.
The Green Falcons will begin life under the new management of Roberto Mancini and return to action for the first time since March, while their opponents will play in Friday's meeting and against the United Arab Emirates before turning to the CONCACAF Nations League in November. Match preview © Reuters Saudi Arabia travel to Newcastle for a pair of games this month after most recently being in action in March, in which they played two international friendlies after exits from the World Cup group stage and Gulf Cup group stage either side of the turn of the year. After a 2-1 defeat to Oman saw them fall short of qualifying in the latter in January, the Green Falcons headed into consecutive home friendlies against South American opposition, firstly meeting Venezuela and falling to a 2-1 defeat as Salem Al-Dawsari's 73rd-minute goal was not enough to force a turnaround after Josef Martinez and Salomon Rondon had the visitors 2-0 up in the first half.
Saudi Arabia vs Costa Rica: Livescore & Stats
Form and head to head stats Saudi Arabia vs Costa Rica