Saudi Arabia exits World Cup with newfound confidence


              Saudi Arabia's Abdulrahman Al-Aboud kneels after losing 2-1 in the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              Saudi Arabia's Abdulrahman Al-Aboud kneels after losing 2-1 in the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              Supporters arrive at the Lusail Stadium for the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
            
              Saudi Arabian fans cheer before the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              Saudi Arabia's goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais stops a shot above Mexico's Henry Martin during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Hassan, right, drives the ball past Mexico's Edson Alvarez during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
            
              A fan waits for the start of the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              A fan smiles holding a World Cup trophy replica prior the group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Saudi Arabia's head coach Herve Renard shouts during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Team Saud Arabia comes together before the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
            
              Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari, right, scores his sides first goal past Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari scores his side's first goal during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
            
              Players of Saudi Arabia clap after the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Mexico's Alexis Vega, left, and Mexico's Jesus Gallardo, right, watch Saudi Arabia's Firas Al-Buraikan jumping for the ball during the World Cup group C soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Saudi Arabia exits World Cup with newfound confidence