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Renard: Talking about qualifying for the World Cup is premature, and Saudi Arabia is rich in talent

The French coach, Herve Renard, confirmed that he expected to score more goals in the victory of "Al-Akhdar" against his Yemeni counterpart, by three goals for free, in the confrontation that took place between them on Saturday evening, at the "Marsool Park" stadium, in the capital, Riyadh, As part of the seventh round of Group D of the double qualifiers for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup and 2022 World Cup.

Renard said, in his statements after the match, according to the Saudi newspaper, “Al-Riyadiah”, “I was like you, I expect that we will raise the number of our goals during the second half by more than 3, but this did not happen, the most important thing is that we achieved victory, but to talk about qualifying for the World Cup is premature. ".

He added, "Saudi football is rich in talent, and 80% of the current squad can play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month, and all the green elements are at the disposal of Saad Al-Shehri, the coach of the technical staff of the under-23 team."

Renard praised the level that Fahd Al-Mawlid presented with the Saudi national team, saying: "I like this player, he has a constant desire to improve, maintain his high pace, and you always find him among the goal scorers, he is an important element for us."

With this result, the Saudi team enhances its lead in Group D with 14 points, expanding the difference to 5 points with second-placed Uzbekistan, while Yemen is in the fifth and last place with 5 points.

The Saudi national team played against Yemen with the following formation: Muhammad Al-Owais - Sultan Al-Ghannam - Abdullah Mado - Hassan Timbukti - Yasser Al-Shahrani - Abdul-Ilah Al-Maliki - Abdullah Atif - Salman Al-Faraj - Fahd Al-Mawlid - Salem Al-Dosari - Saleh Al-Shehri.

Saudi Arabia is expected to face Singapore on June 11, and then meet runner-up Uzbekistan on June 15.

The match between the two teams in the first leg, which was held in September of 2019, ended in a 2-2 draw, and was held in Bahrain.