Key player (Saudi Ara­bia)

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Mohammad al­sahlawi

Mohammad al­sahlawi scored 16 goals in the qualifying and was in­stru­men­tal in his coun­try mak­ing it to Rus­sia. But, like most of his team­mates, the lack of play­ing time against qual­ity op­po­nents might hurt. In March, the 31­yearold spent three weeks train­ing with Manch­ester United as part of an agree­ment be­tween the club and Saudi Ara­bia. How much this would have helped sharpen his skills will be seen in the open­ing match against host Rus­sia.

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