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Saudi Arabia draws with Nigeria in friendly match
Mohammed Al-Kinani and Agencies
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 26 - 05 - 2010

Saudi Arabia drew with Nigeria 0-0 in a friendly match at Alpen stadium in the Austrian city of Wattens Tuesday.
Portuguese coach of the Saudi national team, Jose Peseiro made six replacements in the second half to give more exposure to his players.
On the other side, Nigeria, which will take part in the World Cup in South Africa, fielded its full string.
Though Saudi players put up a fine performance its strikers Ahmed Abbas and Mohanned Aseeri could not threaten the Nigerian goal. Neither their replacements Naïf Hazzazi and Sultan Al-Numari did anything better. Other players who played for the national team for the first time were striker Aseeri, midfielder Yahiya Al-Shihri and Alaa Raishani.
The absence of Saudi strikers Yasser Al-Qahtani, who has recently undergone a shoulder surgery, and Nasser Al-Shamrani was noticeable.
The Saudi national team has played three friendly matches so far. In the first encounter, it lost to Congo 1-2 while it won the second friendly against Congo 2-0. The national team will play another match against Spain Saturday.
Hilal draws Gharafa,
Shabab to meet Jeonbuk
Seongnam Ilhwa will meet Suwon Bluewings in an all-Korea AFC Champions League quarterfinal following the draw in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, while defending champion Pohang Steelers face Iranian side Zobahan.
The draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur threw up a host of potentially explosive ties and with four South Korean teams in the last eight there was bound to be an all-Korea quarterfinal.
The first team out of the pot was Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal, which will meet Qatar's first-time quarterfinalist Al-Gharafa.
The final match sees another Saudi side, Al-Shabab, take on 2006 champion Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea.
The first legs are played on Sept. 15 with the returns on Sept. 22.
Quarterfinal draw: Al-Hilal vs. Al-Gharafa; Zobahan vs. Pohang Steelers; Jeonbuk Motors vs. Al-Shabab and Seongnam Ilhwa vs. Suwon Bluewings.
Lackluster Portugal
Lackluster Portugal was held to a disappointing 0-0 home draw by 117th-ranked Cape Verde in a pre-World Cup friendly in Portugal Monday. Portugal was slow and predictable throughout, making it easy for Cape Verde to apply an ultra-defensive strategy.
Ireland beats Paraguay
Paraguay's preparations for next month's World Cup Finals suffered a minor blow in Dublin Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat by Ireland.
Ireland struck twice in first half through Kevin Doyle and Liam Lawrence. Paraguay pulled a goal back in the 57th minute when Argentine-born striker Lucas Barrios, who obtained Paraguayan nationality last month, scored on his debut. __

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