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Saudi athletes with special needs win fourth INAS World Football Championships

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Saudi Arabia successfully defended their title at the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments World Football Championship, in Karlstad, Sweden.

On Saturday the Saudi team beat Argentina 2-0 in the final.

The showdown of the competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities saw star Abdullah Al-Dosari score twice, giving the win to Saudi Arabia for the fourth time.

On Thursday the Saudi team recorded a 4-1 semi-final victory against France at the Tingvalla IP in Karlstad.

Saudi Arabia took the lead in the first half with Abdullah al-Dosari scoring in the 24th minute, ending the first half with a 1-0 win. The Green Falcons then scored the second and last goal in the 84th minute by al-Dosari again, to achieve their fourth world title.

Saudi Arabia’s first title came in the 2006 final, after four draws against the Netherlands at Bay Arena in Leverkusen, before a penalty shoot-out and a first-round win. In 2010, they defeated their Dutch counterparts again in the match which brought the teams together at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa's Polokwane.

Saudi athletes with special needs win fourth INAS World Football Championships
Saudi athletes with special needs win fourth INAS World Football Championships

The Green Falcons achieved another trophy in 2014, beating South Africa four goals against two goals at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Saudi athletes with special needs win fourth INAS World Football Championships
Saudi athletes with special needs win fourth INAS World Football Championships