Venezuela had a greater number of chances in front of the goal, but could not make it happen. Even so, dispatched Saudi Arabia 3-0 on penalties, and after the draw at Stade d'Honneur, he leaves with two points, to add three so far in the Maurice Ravello tournament.
After a few moments of Saudi dominance in the first minutes of the match, those led by Ricardo Valiño gradually became more pronounced and created the best chances. In fact, Venezuela accumulated 13 auctions; but only three on goal, showing that the shortcomings of the South American team result more in the attack, since they cannot hole out the situations.
Instead, the defensive order seems to work perfectly, as they limited the Middle Eastern country to only five shots (one on target), despite having greater possession of the ball, 57% compared to 43% for 'La Vinotinto'.
Now, already entered the collection round from the 11 steps, Arabia missed its first two turns, while Venezuela hit through Bryan Alcócer and Daniel Pérez, Andrés Ferro missed; Leaving the Asian peninsulars with the opportunity to revive in the shootout, Basil Al-Sayyali blew it up, giving Carlos "Pipo" Vivas the opportunity to dress up as a hero and define the winning goal for Venezuela, which dreams of the second stage.
In this way, Group A is as follows:
- Saudi Arabia, 2 PJ, 3pts
- Venezuela, 2 PJ, 3pts
- Costa Rica, 1 PJ, 2pts
- France, 1 PJ, 1pt
Venezuela will face France in their next match on Sunday. Needing a victory to be able to aspire to get into the second phase.
In the rest of the day
- France vs. Costa Rica (11:30AM)