Brazil beat Saudi as Lukaku scores twice for Belgium

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored as Brazil beat Saudi Arabia in a friendly in Riyadh.

Brazil took the lead just before half-time when Neymar ran at the home defence and played in Jesus, who slotted past Mohammed Al-Owais.

The hosts ended the match with 10 men as Al-Owais was shown a straight red card in the 85th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area.

Alex Sandro added a second in injury time with a header from Neymar’s pass.

This was the first of two matches in Saudi Arabia for Brazil as they take on Argentina on Tuesday, 16 October in Jeddah.

Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Switzerland in Brussels to move top of Group A2 in the Nations League.

Lukaku’s first goal came after good work from right-back Thomas Meunier.

Switzerland equalised when substitute Mario Gavranovic reacted quickest to Nico Elvedi’s header following Xherdan Shaqiri’s deep free-kick.

But Lukaku won it late on, finishing off a well-worked move involving Dries Mertens and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

The victory takes Roberto Martinez’s side above Switzerland, who had started their Nations League campaign with a 6-0 win over Iceland.

In other matches played, Northern Ireland’s Nations League hopes suffered a major setback as Marko Arnautovic’s second-half goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat in Austria.

Arnautovic ran in behind right-back Paddy McNair and coolly slipped the ball past Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the only goal in Vienna.

Finally, Mohamed Salah scored direct from a corner before leaving the pitch injured in Egypt’s 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over eSwatini.

The Liverpool forward, 26, put Egypt 4-0 up shortly before half-time with a left-footed corner from the right.

Salah, who has not scored in his past four Liverpool games, left the field with the Egypt physio after going down late on.

Ahmed Elmohamady, Amr Warda and Mohamed ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan also scored.

The visitors scored a consolation through Sibonginkhosi Gamedze five minutes before full-time.

The result puts Egypt level on points with Group J leaders Tunisia, who play Niger on Saturday.


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