Walter Samuel, Roberto Ayala, Pablo Aimar and Matías Manna were at the Al-Nahyan stadium to watch the friendly of Argentina’s first rival in Group C of the World Cup.
Frenchman Hervé Renard’s team started down on the scoreboard due to Panamanian Ismael Díaz’s goal, 8 minutes into the first half, but then, at 37, striker Haitham Asiri tied it.
As a precaution, the captain and midfielder did not play, salman al farajwho suffered a shoulder injury in the friendly against Iceland, nor the scorer Saleh Al Shehriwho has been training differently for several days.
In the absence of Al Faraj, the tape was worn by number 10 Salem Al Dawsari, forward of Al Hilal, a team led by Ramón Díaz, and one of those who participated in the last World Cup in Russia 2018.
This was the fifth friendly that Saudi Arabia has played since the last stage of preparation began, last October in Abu Dhabi.
Previously they faced North Macedonia (1-0) Albania (1-1), Honduras (0-0) and Iceland (1-0).
The “Green Falcons” will now return to Saudi Arabia and there they will say goodbye to their fans with the last friendly that will be against Croatia, on Wednesday the 16th in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia will debut against Argentina in Group C on Tuesday the 22nd at the Lusail stadium; then they will face Poland, on the 26th; and will close against Mexico on November 30.