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Saudi Arabia v Brazil Live Commentary & Result, 12/10/2018, Friendlies



Meanwhile, Brazil head coach Tite has made six alterations to the team that first took to the field in the thrashing of El Salvador, with Ederson, Fabinho, Pablo, Fred, Augusto and Jesus all being handed starts. Premier League stars Alisson, Lucas, Richarlison and Firmino could all feature at some point later in the game.

Pizzi has decided to make five changes to the Saudi Arabia side that started the draw 2-2 draw against Bolivia last month, with Al Burayk, Otayf, Al Faraj, Albayshi and Babhir all coming into the starting 11.

Brazil substitutes: Alisson, Phelipe, Eder Militao, Joao Miranda, Filipe Luis, Walace, Arthur, Malcom, Lucas Moura, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino.

Brazil XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Fabinho, Marquinhos, Pablo, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro, Renato Augusto; Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Saudi Arabia XI (4-3-3): Mohammed Al Owais; Mohammed Al Burayk, Omar Hawsawi, Yasir Al Shahrani; Ali Albulayhi, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Al Faraj, Hussain Al Mogahwi; Salem Al Dawsari, Albayshi, Hattan Babhir.

There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up today…

On only two previous occasions have these sides met and, unsurprisingly, it was Brazil who were victorious on both occasions. They enjoyed an 8-2 thrashing at the 1999 Confederations Cup, and with just one defeat from their last 17 games it’s difficult to envisage Saudi Arabia coming away with anything tonight.

For Saudi Arabia, today’s game presents them with a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Asian Cup. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men crashed out of the group stage in Russia, despite winning their first game at a World Cup finals since 1994, and the Spaniard has now been tasked with preparing them for a tournament they haven’t won in 22 years.

There’s likely to be an element of experimentation today, with Tite looking to hand cameos to a wide range of different players. The likes of Richarlison, Malcom and Arthur received call ups for this month’s games, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura is back in the squad for the first time in two years after enjoying an impressive start to the season.

Brazil disappointed during this summer’s World Cup and were made to exit at the quarter-final stage, but so far their rebuilding process has gone to plan. The United States and El Salvador were swept aside without too many problems last month, but a tricky test awaits against Argentina after this evening’s clash away to the three-time Asian Cup winners.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s international friendly between Saudi Arabia and Brazil at the King Saud University Stadium.



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