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Saudi players celebrate after scoring their second goal against Uzbekistan during the soccer 2006 World Cup Asian qualifying round in Riyadh (REUTERS)


Saudi players celebrate after scoring their second goal against Uzbekistan during the soccer 2006 World Cup Asian qualifying round in Riyadh (REUTERS)

Saudi players celebrate after scoring their second goal against Uzbekistan during the soccer 2006 World Cup Asian qualifying round in Riyadh (REUTERS)

Riyadh- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia punched a ticket to the World Cup finals 2006 in Germany with a 3-0 victory over Uzbekistan on Wednesday before an overflowing crowd of 75,000 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

Saudi captain Sami al-Jaber scored twice, in the 9th and 60th minutes.Saad al-Harthi, who came on as a replacement for Jaber in the 68th minute, grabbed a third for the Kingdom three minutes from full-time.

The result left Saudi Arabia on top of the Asian qualifying Group 1, with 11 points from five games. South Korea, which also qualified for Germany Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Kuwait, lie second a point behind Saudi Arabia.Kuwait are in third place on four points while Uzbekistan lie bottom with two points.

The match was attended by Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, President of Youth Welfare and President of Saudi Football Association, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Vice President of Youth Welfare, Vice President of Saudi Football Association and Chairman of Teams Committee and a number of sports officials.

In press statements, Prince Sultan bin Fahd and Prince Nawaf bin Faisal congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier on this occasion, stressing that sports achievements have been owing to the continual support provided by the government for sports and youth sector in the Kingdom.

Saudis celebrate on the streets of Jeddah their national soccer teams qualification for next year's World Cup (AP)

Saudis celebrate on the streets of Jeddah their national soccer teams qualification for next year’s World Cup (AP)

Saudi's Mohamed AlShaboub is carried by supporters after winning their soccer match against Uzbekistan in Riyadh (REUTERS)

Saudi’s Mohamed AlShaboub is carried by supporters after winning their soccer match against Uzbekistan in Riyadh (REUTERS)