North Korea's Pak Kwang Ryong (L), Saudi Arabia's Omar Hawsawi (C) and Saud Kariri jump for the ball during their Asian Cup Group B soccer match at the Rectangular stadium in Melbourne January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Brandon Malone
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Saudi Arabia coach Cosmin Olaroiu is known for making difficult projects work and the Romanian may yet prove to be the architect behind the Green Falcons' return to Asian Cup respectability.Olaroiu, who boasts a track record of club success in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, was appointed only in December and has had little time to get to grips with a playing group often described as "difficult".Wednesday's victory could be the start of a beautiful relationship, however, with Olaroiu taking a calculated risk by picking two strikers in a shaken-up starting lineup and having the pair deliver in fine style.Getting Saudi Arabia in an attacking mindset meant conceding the midfield to a highly defensive North Korea but Olaroiu was confident his players had the legs to burn down the wings to set up chances.
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