Confident Qatar face Ukraine in crunch match
TYCHY, Poland: Qatar ready to take on Ukraine in a crucial clash on Monday in their second match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
On Friday, Nigeria beat Qatar 4-0 while Ukraine edged past the US 2-1 in the opening matches of the 24-team event for the Group D sides.
In another Group D match on Monday Nigeria face the US and the ‘Flying Eagles’ could book their berth in the round of 16 with a victory.
Coached by Bruno Miguel, Qatar conceded two goals in each half on Friday to arrive for the Ukraine clash seeking their first points.
On Friday, coach Miguel said his team’s fighting spirit was the positive he was looking from the young Qatar players.
“It’s an important match for us,” Miguel said on Sunday. “It won’t be easy since they are a tough side but we are ready. We feel confident,” he added.
“We have no choice but to fight all the way look for a win. We have worked hard on the players. After the first match we know what we have to do,” Miguel, 42, said.
“We have seen Ukraine’s performance against the United States. We have analysed their game,” the Qatar coach said. “I hope my players respond well,” he said.
Qatar arrived in Poland after undergoing training camps in France and Slovakia, playing several practice matches.
Qatar forward Yousif Abdulrasaq on Saturday said his team remains focused to get their first win of the tournament.
“I know we will fight in our remaining group matches. Our coaching staff is trying their best to work with the boys ahead of the next two matches,” Abdulrasaq said.
“We want to reach the next round of the tournament and for that to happen, we must win the next two matches,” the centre forward added.
The tournament’s 24-team format allows the four best third-placed countries from the groups to also progress.
“Some of our players will return after missing the first match,” Miguel said on Sunday. “We have learned from our mistakes. We don’t want to concede early goals,” he added.
“We remain in the competition and we intend to forget what happened on Friday,” the coach said.
“The spirit and enthusiasm is there and I am happy about it. We will finalise our playing squad after the final training session,” he said.
“We have the capability and potential to fight back for wins,” he said.