Italy’s Roberto Mancini Begins Saudi Arabia Managerial Career with a Loss to Costa Rica

Italy’s Roberto Mancini kicked off his career as Saudi Arabia’s manager after losing 3-1 to Costa Rica on Friday in a friendly in Al Akhdar’s preparations for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Asian Cup Final 2024.

Match Details

The match was played at the St James’s Park stadium of the English club Newcastle, owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, and witnessed the presence of Saudi fans, most of whom are students studying there.

Al-Akhdar’s only goal was scored by Ali Al-Bulaihi in the 63rd minute, and hat-tricks by Costa Rican Francisco Calvo, Brandon Aguilera, and Randall Leal in the 12th, 32nd, and 89th minutes respectively.

Goal Highlights

⚽ The first goal of the Costa Rica team
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– Saudi Sports Channels (@riyadiyatv)
September 8, 2023

⚽ The second goal of the Costa Rica team
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#With_you_green ????????

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– Saudi Sports Channels (@riyadiyatv)
September 8, 2023

⚽ Goal – the first goal for our national team, scored by a player Ali Al-Bulaihi.
#Saudi_CostaRica
#With_you_green ????????

#Saudi_Sport
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– Saudi Sports Channels (@riyadiyatv)
September 8, 2023

⚽ The third goal of the Costa Rica team
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Chang Michel is a sports reporter for 24PalNews. He has also covered sports for TV and radio in Miami, Newark, and Atlanta. Chang, a native of Queens, NY, graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs and French.

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