Saudi Arabia will be looking for their second Group D win at FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 when they take on Guatemala tomorrow, while the Central Americans will be out to make amends after suffering a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Nigeria on Sunday.
Following Saudi Arabia’s impressive opening win against Croatia, coach Khalid Al Koroni will be confident his team have what it takes to see off a Guatemala side that, despite battling bravely, were clearly outclassed by Nigeria.
Al Koroni is not expected to make any changes to the team that put two past the Europeans at the weekend, and will likely start with Yahya Dagriri up front, deploy captain Abdullah Otayf in midfield and keep Fhad Al Muwallad on the bench to provide a fresh pair of legs in the second half.
For his part, Guatemala coach Ever Almeida has the task of reinforcing a back line that shipped five against Nigeria, and will be hoping for better luck for his star forward Marvin Ceballos.
3 – Saudi Arabia’s 2-0 victory over Croatia was their third win in FIFA U-20 World Cup games, all of which have come against European opposition. Can they add another continent to their hit-list tomorrow, or will the Central Americans have a surprise up their sleeves?
Abdullah Al Sdairy, Saudi Arabia goalkeeper: “We got the win and the three points from the first game and that’s what counts at the beginning of a World Cup campaign. We know our next matches won’t be easy, especially against Guatemala, but we’ll be going for the win.”
Ever Almeida, Guatemala coach: “We’ll be working hard to correct the mistakes we made in the first game against Nigeria. We know our next opponents will be a different proposition, so we’ll look to lift our spirits before the Saudi game and make sure we go out there with our heads high.”