Saudi Arabia got their Group F campaign off to a winning start thanks to a second-half brace from Yaser Al-Qahtani, who became the eighth player of the tournament to score more than one goal in a single game.
Chile arguably had the better of the game, save for their inability to test Humood Al-Khames in goal. Alexis Sánchez hit the bar when he met Arturo Vidal’s cross on the half-volley 20 yards out, but couldn’t hit the target until late in the game.
The opening goal came in route one fashion ten minutes after the break. Saudi captain Abdoh Autef launched a long ball down the right wing for Al-Qahtani to chase. Free of any marker, he took the ball down the right before cutting inside and squeezing the ball home from a tight angle, beating Bravo at his near post.
With quarter of an hour to go, Vidal had his free-kick pushed on to the post, and a fine save was rewarded almost immediately when Autef picked-out Malik Mouath on the right. His cross was met with a thumping volley at the near post by Al-Qahtani to seal it.
Ghana play Italy in tomorrow’s Group F match in the Brazilian capital.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 10: GROUP F CHILE 0-2 SAUDI ARABIA Al-Qahtani 55, 77 Salvador
GROUP F P W D L F A GD Pts 1. Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 2. Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 =. Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 4. Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0