Qatar Football AssociationNews
22.01.2016 9:07 in :

Doha: Qatar coach Felix Sanchez stressed his side’s perfect record

in the group stages of the AFC U23 Championship will count for little

as the tournament hosts prepare to take on DPR Korea in the quarterfinals


Sanchez’s side notched impressive wins over China, Iran and Syria to

finish on top of Group A with a maximum nine points.

But despite DPR Korea only scraping into the last eight as runners-up

in Group B after picking up two points from their three games, Sanchez

is only focused on steering Qatar into the next round.

“We start the quarter-finals now, so there is no time for mistakes,” said

Spanish coach Sanchez, who will be without Moez Ali due to suspension.

“At this time it doesn’t matter how many points we had in the first round

because it’s only one game.”

Qatar are the top scorers in the tournament with nine goals in three

games, with both Abdelkarim Hassan and Ahmed Alaa scoring four

goals each to lead the scorers’ chart. “The first round is already finished

and I think we did quite well. We got three points in each game, each

game was different and we preformed quite well,” added Sanchez.

“We have what is going to be a very tough game because DPR Korea

have a team that deserves to be in this round. They have a lot of strength

in the team and we are going to try to play a good game, to perform

well and get into the next round.

“We know we have in front of us a really good team, so our objective

is only to think about this game and after that we will see what is the

next step.”