Arab teams star on the road to Russia
Following Australia’s 2-1 defeat of Thailand, Saudi Arabia had no option but to beat Japan in their final group game to secure automatic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Fahad Al Muwallad’s superb strike in the 62nd minute was well worth the wait, as the Green Falcons made sure of their return to the world finals.
From Khalid Boutaib’s hat-trick against Gabon which took Morocco to the top of Africa’s Group C with one qualifier remaining to Mohamed Salah’s dramatic late penalty which sealed Egypt’s return to the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time since 1990, Arab teams have produced many memorable moments on the road to Russia 2018.
With Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia having booked their berths at next year’s global finals, FIFA.com looks back on the four Arab nations’ journeys to Russia 2018 in the above photo gallery.