Saudi Arabia’s Young Falcons go down to France in opening U-20 World Cup match

Saudi Arabia’s U-20 World Cup campaign got off to a faltering start on Saturday as the young Green Falcons lost 2-0 to France. (AN photo/Ali Khamg)
Updated 27 May 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Young Falcons go down to France in opening U-20 World Cup match

  • Saudi Arabia’s next game in the tournament is against Mali on Tuesday
  • The U-20 Green Falcons are making their ninth appearance at the event

GDYNIA, Poland: Saudi Arabia’s U-20 World Cup campaign got off to a faltering start on Saturday as the young Green Falcons lost 2-0 to France at the Stadion GOSiR in Gdynia, Poland.
Khaled Al-Atwi’s young guns made the worst possible start as they went down to ten men when Faraj Al-Ghashayan was given his marching orders after just 12 minutes.
However, France labored for their first goal as the Green Falcons stayed resolute in defense. But with two minutes of the first period remaining Strasbourg player Youssouf Fofana, who had come on for the injured Boubakary Soumare midway through the first half, found the net to break the deadlock.
The man advantage was clear for all to see in the second half as Saudi Arabia struggled to make an impact on the match. And France extended their advantage with fifteen minutes left when Lyon’s Amine Gouiri scored to take the game away from Al-Atwi’s side.
Saudi Arabia’s next game in the tournament is against Mali on Tuesday. The African side opened their tournament with a 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia's other Group E opponents Panama.
The U-20 Green Falcons are making their ninth appearance at the World Cup. In 2017’s edition in South Korea, they were knocked out at the Round of 16 stage by Uruguay, while the Kingdom hosted the event in 1989.


Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

Updated 25 min 15 sec ago

Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

  • Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • The possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Rain for the third consecutive day has delayed the resumption of the first test in Pakistan in 10 years.
Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium and the outfield is also soggy.
The ground staff is busy in clearing water off the covers, but its still quite heavily overcast and the possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely.
Sri Lanka, which last played a test in Pakistan in 2009, is 282-6 in its first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87 and Dilruwan Perera not out on 6.
So far only 91.5 overs of play has been possible in the first test of the two-match series which is part of ICC’s World Test Championship.
The wet weather in the northern city of Pakistan has badly affected the revival of test cricket in Pakistan for over a decade. Rawalpindi last hosted a test match in 2004 when India beat Pakistan by an innings margin.
Sri Lanka was the last team to play a test match in Pakistan, when terrorists attacked the touring team’s bus in Lahore in March 2009. The ambush killed eight people and left several Sri Lankan players and officials injured.
In the interim, Pakistan has played its home test matches on neutral territory, mostly in the United Arab Emirates.