Saudi Arabia beats Thailand 3-0

BY foxsports • November 11, 2011

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 competition.

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.

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