it’s not every day we’re talking about the competence Saudi Arabia displays in football.
In a surprising showcase, Saudi Arabia secured a victory over Argentina after they succesfully defended a 2-1 lead they got earlier on.
And while football isn’t exactly riveting for combat sports fans – there was a peculiar moment that made us do a double take.
Saudi Arabia’s Goalkeeper Mogammad Alowais caught a team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani with a vicious flying knee – and landed it right on his nose.
The huge collision caused an upheaval at the event. The goalie was very concerned for his teammate and urged medics to rush in and intervene.
And unlike your typical UFC athlete, he was really distraught over what had transpired even dropping to his knees.
Of course football is all about theatrics however considering it was a team mate there’s no reason to question if the concern was genuine.
Clip of the incident quickly started making rounds on twitter.
What a flying knee #ARGSAU pic.twitter.com/waZytbF595
— sean 🐎🐎🐎 (@sean06361817) November 22, 2022
There was a delay in the game as medics looked over the Saudi Arabian defender who appeared dazed. There was blood spurting from his nose.
The collision happened five minutes into eight of additional stoppage time so it was dramatic in terms of time as well.
Arentinian fans were distraught – which is understandable considering they had three goals disallowed for offside.
Arabia’s odds were +2700 heading into the event which made it all the more surprising they won.
The incident happened just one day after a similar collision led to a ten-minute delay during England’s clash with Iran.
"He shouldn't have been allowed to continue"
Former @Lionesses goalkeeper @Sio_Chamberlain questions the wisdom of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand temporarily playing on after suffering a concussion.#BBCWorldCup #FifaWorldCup pic.twitter.com/x7AmgGZOgi
— BBC World Service Sport (@BBCWSSport) November 21, 2022
Kayserispor'da forma giyen Majid Hosseini ile Alireza Beiranvand fena çarpıştı. pic.twitter.com/txM07nqjA3
— Burak Zihni 🇹🇷 (@burakzihni61) November 21, 2022
Alireza Beiranvand initially continued in the match however he collapsed again some minutes later and had to be substituted. He was taken off the pitch in a stretcher.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.