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2018 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Saudi Arabia smash eight goals past Afghanistan

8:44 AM EDT 7/22/17
Saudi Arabia U23 v Afghanistan U23
Saudi Arabia won their second fixture of their qualifying campaign and did their goal difference some good.

Saudi Arabia beat Afghanistan 8-0 on Friday to set up an intriguing clash with Iraq that will determine who tops Group B of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.

The resounding victory leaves the Saudis occupying pole position in the group, level on six points with Iraq but crucially ahead of their regional rivals on goal difference ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

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A blistering first half display laid the foundations for the Saudi Arabian success, as two goals from Abdulelah Al Amri as well as strikes from Sami Al Naji and Abdulaziz Al Aryani’s brace saw the West Asians go into half-time with a commanding 5-0 lead.

Further efforts after the break courtesy of Hassan Al Tambakti and Fahad Al Rashidi's excellent double rounded off an excellent day at the office for Saudi Arabia.