FIFA WC: Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al Sahrani flown to Germany for surgery after horrific injury vs Argentina

Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al Sahrani suffered a horrific injury against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup group stage match. He was reportedly flown off to Germany for an emergency surgery.

Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais knees Sahrani on his jaw. (Courtesy: Reuters)

In Short

  • Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais kneed Sahrani on his jaw
  • Sahrani did not get up for a long while after falling down
  • The player was carried off after extensive medical treatment on the pitch

By India Today Web Desk: Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al Sahrani has suffered a fractured jaw and broken his left facial bones after his horrific injury in match against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Playing their World Cup opener on Sunday, Al Sahrani collied with Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais and was knocked out cold, late in the second half of the game. The goalkeeper himself reacted in horror after the incident happened and was seen holding his head in his lap, believing the worst had happened.


The incident happened when Alowais had come out to grab the ball, and accidentally kneed Sahrani to his face. Gulf Today reported that Sahrani had to be urgently taken to the hospital for scans and was advised surgery to stop internal bleeding.

The report further added that Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Saudi Arabia ordered that the player be flown by private jet to Germany for treatment.

The country managed a terrific upset in the World Cup match, defeating the favourites by 2-1 margin. The second lowest ranked team in the tournament, Saudi Arabia, with this win, have possibly caused the biggest upset of FIFA World Cup history.

Saudi Arabia have given a national holiday tomorrow in response to the win. Reacting to the defeat, Argentina captain Lionel Messi said that they had to correct their wrongs and needed nothing less than a win from the next games.