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2019 Asian Cup: Saudi Arabia will play for the country’s honor

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The Arabians were trashed by Russia 5-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and they haven’t won the AFC Asian Cup since 1996.

On June 14 of last year, Russia trashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the inaugural match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Arabians lost their following match against Uruguay too.

But they were able to beat Egypt 2-1 thanks to a last-minute goal by Salem Al-Dawsari.

And now they want to play for their country’s pride, as they enter the AFC Asian Cup for the 10th time.

Arabia won two consecutive editions in 1984 and 1988, with their latest trophy being lifted in 1996, precisely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Now they are back to the UAE as part of Group E, together with Qatar, Lebanon, and North Korea.

This is also the 10th time Qatar takes part in the tournament, with the Middle East nation reaching the Quarterfinals in 2000 and 2011.

Lebanon qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time in 2000, but couldn’t progress ahead of the Group Stage.

Meanwhile, this is North Korea’s fifth participation, with 1980 being their best year by winning Fourth Place.

Which teams will advance to the Round of 16 in the UAE?