Juan Antonio Pizzi labelled Saudi Arabia’s performance in the World Cup opener as “shameful” after they were thrashed 5-0 by hosts Russia.
The Green Falcons’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages already appear to be hanging by a thread after a dreadful performance in the first game of the tournament saw Russia record a first win since October.
Saudi have group games to come against Egypt and Uruguay and boss Pizzi stressed the need to put the Russia defeat behind them.
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“Results like this don’t happen very often in World Cups and we need to recover from this shameful situation,” he said.
“I trust my efforts, I trust my players and I fully trust that we’ll have a better performance in the next game. I don’t think they did anything to surprise us. They won without doing much – a poor performance explains this result.
“As for our strategy, we must change. We have to forget about it now and think of the next match. I have confidence in these players.”
Some very interesting stats from #RUSKSA.
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