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Group D witnessed the Saudi national team’s 1-2 defeat to Ivory Coast in Yokohama. Ivory Coast opened the score early on due to Abdulelah Al-Amri foul when he tried to clear a cross (39), but Saudi Arabia equalized via Salem Al-Dosari with a very nice shot from the edge of the box (44).
Al-Dosari followed in the footsteps of former midfielder Fouad Anwar, who scored at the World Cup, the World Cup and the Olympic Games.
In the second half, Milan midfielder Franck Kissier gave Ivory Coast the winning goal with a left-footed floor from inside the area in the left corner of the goalkeeper’s goal (66).
Coach Saad Al-Shehri made several changes and Al-Dosari almost scored right, but his ball bounced off the crossbar (83), to close the game with the victory of the Ivory Coast, who played the last moments with ten players after the ouster. by Abu Bakr Duumbia.
In another match, Mexico defeated France 1-4 in Tokyo in the first group, witnessing Japan’s confrontation with South Africa. Mexico advanced two minutes after the break via Alexis Vega and doubled the numbers via Sebastian Cordova (55).
French coach Sylvain Ripoll had tried to call up Eduardo Camavinga, Jonathan Iconet or Aurelian Chuamini, but the tug-of-war with their clubs prevented him from doing so.
Ripoll also called world champion Florian Tofan and former international Andre Pierre Gignac, 35, who has been working with Tigres in Mexico since 2015. Gignac, who played his last game with the national team in the 2016 European Cup final, narrowed the gap from the penalty point (69), but Mexico responded with two goals from Carlos Antona (80) and Eduardo Aguirre (90+1). .
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