I am proud of my players, says coach Sanchez

CHANGZHOU: Qatar coach Felix Sanchez praised the performance of

his players, saying they put up a spirited show to beat Oman 1-0 in

their second AFC U-23 Asian Cup match clash on Friday.




Ace midfielder Akram Afif scored the only game of the match in the

43rd minute as Qatar picked up three points to go to the top Group A

at Changzhou Sports Centre.




On Friday, Uzbekistan stunned China 1-0 in the other Group A clash.

Qatar have six points from two matches following their 1-0 win over

Uzbekistan on Tuesday.




“I am proud of my players as they have played against two strong

teams in Uzbekistan and Oman so far and have performed well,”

Sanchez said on Friday.




“I think both teams made a good effort today. It was great that we

were able to get the three points,” he added.




“Oman pushed hard and made it difficult for us to control the ball

at times, but we had our chances to score on the counter-attack,”

Sanchez said.




Hamad Al Azani, Oman’s head coach, said on Friday: “I am disappointed

by the result. A lot of my players are young, and they have a (bright)

future, we have to support them.”




Al Azani added: “I think we did well to restrict Qatar’s goal-scoring chances

and had opportunities of our own in the first half and then in the second

half when we changed our formation and played with two strikers.”



FIFA Ranking Who's at the Top

94 Qatar
96 Uzbekistan
97 India