Argentina star Lionel Messi arrives in Riyadh ahead of Brazil clash

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday ahead of his team’s Superclasico de las Americas clash with Brazil in Riyadh on Friday. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Updated 14 November 2019

Argentina star Lionel Messi arrives in Riyadh ahead of Brazil clash

  • Barcelona legend is set to feature for “La Albiceleste” against the Brazilians
  • The 2018 Copa America champions Brazil beat their fierce rivals 1-0 in Jeddah last year

RIYADH: Argentina superstar Lionel Messi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday ahead of his team’s Superclasico de las Americas clash with Brazil in Riyadh on Friday.

The Barcelona legend is set to feature for “La Albiceleste” against the Brazilians, who can call upon Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

The match, being held at the King Saud University Stadium, is the second time in a year the two footballing giants have faced each other in the Kingdom.

The 2018 Copa America champions Brazil beat their fierce rivals 1-0 in Jeddah last year with a late Miranda goal — Messi was not available for selection for the match.

Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 at home in the semifinal of this year’s Copa America in July, a controversial match that left Messi complaining the hosts benefitted from favoritism.


Tunisia’s Jabeur becomes first Arab woman to reach Slam quarters

Updated 26 January 2020

Tunisia’s Jabeur becomes first Arab woman to reach Slam quarters

  • Jabeur, the highest-ranked Arab woman in history, is the first Tunisian woman to win a main-draw match at the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Unseeded Tunisian Ons Jabeur sent Chinese hope Wang Qiang crashing out of the Australian Open on Sunday to become the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.
Wang stunned Serena Williams in the third round but the 27th seed ran out of steam against the powerful Jabeur, who fought back from a break down in the first set to win 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.
Jabeur, the highest-ranked Arab woman in history — she reached a career-high 51 last year — is the first Tunisian woman to win a main-draw match at the Australian Open.
“I’m really shaking right now, it’s unbelievable, I can’t describe how I feel,” said the 25-year-old, who will play America’s Sofia Kenin in the last eight.
“Last time Kenin won against me so maybe it’ll be my revenge,” added Jabeur, who lost to Kenin last year in Hobart and retired against her in Mallorca.