Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al Sahlawi underlined his enduring brilliance with a five-goal display in Tuesday’s clinical 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers 10-0 destruction of Timor Leste.
The 28-year-old, who has been one of the standout performers during qualifying campaign, scored twice in the first half then three more times in the second as the Green Falcons made light work of their outclassed opponents.
Al Sahlawi also became the first player to score five goals for Saudi at international level since Majed Abdullah struck the same number in an 8-0 friendly match victory over Indonesia in 1980.
“These are three important points and it was important to win here,” said Al Nassr talisman modestly in a televised interview after the game in Dili.
“It is not important who scored the goals but the win is the important thing. I hope this result will help us to keep our position till the end.”
Saudi Arabia’s emphatic win extended their lead at the top of the Group A standings to six points and left them in a commanding position to advance to the third qualifying round.