Brazil had scored 16 goals in their four previous wins against the Saudis but the home side matched the visitors, particularly in midfield.
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Slaven Bilic, who has also spent spells in charge of Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, signed a three-year deal on Thursday.
Adel Ezzat has resigned from his post as president of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation in a bid to run for Asia's top job in 2019.
John Duerden takes a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.
Russia 2018 has not been a great tournament for the Arab world with all four representatives crashing out with a game to spare. But why?
Pizzi's side scored in the 95th minute to win 2-1 and end the tournament on a high despite failing to progress.
Saudi Arabia scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner to beat Egypt 2-1 and finish their World Cup campaign on a high in Volgograd.
Spain and Portugal can't afford to lose or they could miss out on the knockout stages from Group B. Uruguay beat Russia for Group A's top spot.
Fans in Russia, as well as the progress made in Saudi Arabia, have proved that a removal of the ban in Iran is long overdue.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt will try to avoid finishing last in Group A as they bow out of the World Cup on Monday.
Against one of the worst teams at World Cup 2018, Luis Suarez grabbed a goal but Oscar Tabarez's men looked lacklustre and must improve ... quickly.
Uruguay booked their place in the knockout stage with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov on Wednesday.
Spain play Iran looking for their first win. Uruguay are through and Saudi Arabia are out, while Portugal top Group B after beating Morocco.
Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi said that he and his players didn't feel afraid when the team's plane engine caught on fire.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - As if a 5-0 World Cup thrashing by Russia had not shaken them enough, Saudi Arabia suffered a mini plane
Saudi Arabia's national soccer team landed safely in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday evening, after an apparent engine fire on their plane.
FIFA accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Russia "won without doing much," blaming his own side's short-comings for the 5-0 defeat.
Russia's big win over Saudi Arabia was unexpected and surreal, like so much of the World Cup prep and stories so far. A sign of things to come?
Hosts Russia got their World Cup off to a dream start with a thumping 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
Russia are up and running. A rousing 5-0 victory against Saudi Arabia kicked off the World Cup with a bang, but Alan Dzagoev's injury is a concern.
After three years of qualifying, it's finally time for the 2018 World Cup. Hosts Russia open up the spectacle against Saudi Arabia.
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saudi Arabia would play without fear on Thursday when they look to become the first team to inflict defeat on a host.