Hassan: We will give it our best
DOHA: After firing Qatar to a convincing 3-1 victory in the opening
day of the AFC U-23 Championship currently taking place in Qatar;
Captain Abdulakarim Hassan said repeating tonight’s second half
display in the remaining Group A matches would certainly help Qatar
to advance to the knockout stage.
China went to thelocker-roomon halftime with a 1-0 lead against the
run of play; However; Hassan spearheaded Qatar’s second half comeback
by scoring two decisive goals in less than five minutes, before substitute
Ahmed Alaa’ sealed the game on 82 minutes.
“Despite having ball position for most parts of the first half, I think we
started the game rather slowly, we failed to construct in midfield thus
our forwards were isolated in the last third of the pitch”, Hassan said
after the game.
“The introduction of Ali Asad certainly helped us immensely in the second
half, he is askillfulplayer with many attributesandoptions, and as soon as we
equalized, we knew we would seal the game eventually”.
He added “we promise our fans we will give it our best to go as far as
we can and ultimately book a place in Rio, and in order to do so, we
cannot afford any sluggish displays”.
Qatar will next take on Iran on January 15 before playing Syria on the
18th of the same month.
In an earlier Group A clash, football powerhouse Iran fired two second-half
goals to crush Syria 2-0 at the Al Sadd Stadium in what was the first game
of the event.
The top three sides at the Jan 12-30 event will seal a berth each at the
football competition at the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de