Saudi Arabia beats Thailand 3-0
Saudi Arabia beat Thailand 3-0 on Friday in their Asian
qualifier for the 2014 World Cup, handing former Netherlands and
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard his first victory in the
Following a goalless first half at the King Fahd International
Stadium, Naif Hazazi put the three-time Asian Cup champions ahead
just before the hour mark.
Ahmed Al Fraidi doubled the Saudis lead in the 80th minute and
skipper Mohammed Noor sealed the win from the penalty spot nine
minutes later after leftback Theerathon Bunmathan was sent off.
The win moves Saudi Arabia into second place in Group D on five
points, four behind leader Australia after four games. Thailand and
Oman both have four points.