This marks Pakistan's first appearance in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers.
Despite a resilient first-half performance by Pakistan, they couldn't hold off Saudi Arabia, who dominated the second half with goals from Saleh Al-Shahri (6th and 48th minutes), Abdul Rahman Ghareeb (91st minute), and Abdullah Radif (96th minute).
In the same group, Jordan and Tajikistan join Pakistan, with future matches determining advancement to the third round of qualifiers. As the host nation of the 2027 Asian Cup, Saudi Arabia has already secured qualification.
Pakistan's next match is against Tajikistan in Islamabad on November 21, with additional qualification matches scheduled for March and June next year. The top two teams from the group will progress to the third round, while the bottom two teams will enter the 2027 Asian Cup Qualifiers.