Thursday June 6th, 2002
Saudi Arabia in Saitama
Straight from the kick-off, Daniel Ngom Kome made a run into the
Saudi area and smiled when the referee from Norway turned down his penalty appeal.
Another drum rhythm beats its support for the African team. Cameroon
started strong, as was to be expected, as they tried to bring back Germany's goal
Obaid Al Dosari proved too quick, up front for Saudi Arabia, and was
called back for offside.
Al Dosari again showed that Saudi Arabia were not to be
underestimated; as he glanced his header narrowly over the Cameroon bar, with less than 10
minutes on the clock.
Obaid Al Dosari was again caught offside as he collected a long-ball
on his chest during a forward in the 20th minute.
By playing long balls up to lone striker Obaid Al Dosari, the Saudis
have managed to cover better at the back and frustrate Cameroon.
With half an hour gone, the best clear chance for Cameroon was headed
wide of the left post, by Geremi.
Then bad news struck for Saudi Arabia in the 33rd minute, as Obaid Al
Dosari was stretchered off; after falling awkwardly and twisting his knee. The big target
man was replaced by a much smaller Al Hassan Al Yami.
Saudi Arabia continued to play fast and direct with Al Hassan Al Yami
tapping the ball through to Nawaf Al Temyat; who managed to get behind Raymond Kalla and
Rigobert Song, only to slip the ball wide.
Then in the closing minute, Geremi headed the ball in for Cameroon -
the second goal disallowed for offside.
Half-time: Cameroon 0 - Saudi Arabia 0
At the start of the second-half, Geremi crossed into Lauren and
Mohammed Al Daeyea needed a second a second attempt to collect the Arsenal player's shot.
On Cameroon's next attack, Samuel Eto'o hit the ball skywards from
inside the area.
Less than a minute later Eto'o was again in the action, stumbling and
falling on Al Daeyea's head. The reserve keeper stood up from the bench and stretched his
neck but wasn't needed as a replacement.
Cameroon started to look the more dangerous of the two sides as
Rigobert Song steamed into the Saudi area like a train.
Saudi Arabia still showed swiftness on the counter, although their
finishing continued to fail them too.
Nawaf Al Temyat ran through the Cameroon half, with two against four.
Boukar Alioum couldn't hold the shot and when Al Hassan Al Yami faked a trip, while trying
to follow-up, he was booked for his trouble.
Samuel Eto'o finally broke the deadlock in the 65th minute, by getting onto a long pass
Abdel Aziz al-Khathran won a free-kick on the edge of the Cameroon area when he was
seemingly tripped by Salomon Olembe. Saudi Arabia replaced Abdullah Zubromawi with
Abdullah Jumaan Al Dosari - his first job to take the free-kick; which he curled into the
Although Saudi Arabia tried to look for the equaliser, this defeat
means the game against Ireland is meaningless for
Saudi Arabia and they will have their bags packed as soon as it's over.
With Cameroon and Germany on four points,
Saudi Arabia are definitely out.
Cameroon 1 -
Saudi Arabia 0
Man of the Match:
Obaid Al Dosari could well have been the player of the match if he hadn't fell so
awkwardly in the 20th minute.
Pierrre Wome (10 mins)
Al Hassan Al Yami (59 mins)
1 Boukar Alioum; 5 Raymond Kalla Kongo, 8 Geremi Njitap, 4 Rigobert
Song, 2 Bill Tchato, 3 Pierrre Wome (6 Pierre Njanka - 84 mins); 12 Lauren
Etame-Mayer, 17 Marc-Vivien Foe, 23 Daniel Ngom Kome (20 Salomon Olembe - 46
mins); 9 Samuel Eto'o, 10 Patrick Mboma (11 Pius Ndiefi - 74 mins).
1 Mohammed Al Daeyea; 2 Mohammed Al Jahani, 6 Fouzi Al Shahri,
13 Hussein Sulimani, 3 Raza Takar, 4 Abdullah Zubromawi (15 Abdullah Jumaan
Al Dosari - 72 mins); 17 Abdullah Al Shahrani, 7 Ibrahim Al Shahrani,
18 Nawaf Al Temyat, 14 Abdel Aziz al-Khathran (8 Mohammed Noor - 84 mins),
11 Obaid Al Dosari (20 Al Hassan Al Yami - 35 mins).
Referee: Terje Hauge
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