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Saudi Arabia to draw 1-1 with Costa Rica- 9/2!

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Saudi Arabia vs Costa Rica

September 08, 2023

8:00 pm GMT+1

Saudi Arabia vs Costa Rica match preview

San José and Riyāḍh are located over 8,300 miles apart, so these two national teams have, sort of, met in the middle, with this friendly taking place at St James’ Park in Newcastle.... because of course it is!

Saudi Arabia are back in action for the first time since March, looking to rebuild confidence, having been beaten by Venezuela and Bolivia in friendlies in Jeddah back then.

More-recently, just last week in fact, the SAFF hired Roberto Mancini as manager, with the 58 year old resigning as Italy Head Coach for ‘personal reasons’ only a few days earlier.

The Euros winning boss has been brought in to deliver Asia Cup glory for Saudi, with the Green Falcons set to face Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand in the group stages of that tournament in January.

Here, will Mancini make a winning start on Tyneside?

As for Costa Rica, when last we saw them, they were competing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup over the summer, getting to the quarter-finals, before being defeated 2-0 by Mexico at AT&T Stadium.

This month, los Ticos will also face the UAE in Zaprešić, ultimately preparing for November’s two-legged Copa América play-off, against a team coming out of CONCACAF Nations League A.

Costa Rica have won three of their four meetings with Saudi Arabia, the most recently of which came in Orange County in 1999, so which way will this clash in England’s North East go?


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