Qatar hope to rebound against Uzbekistan
Doha: Qatar will be looking to bounce back from their injury time
2-0 defeat at the hands of Iran when they take on an Uzbekistan
side buoyed by their opening day qualifying win against Syria last
Qatar will tonight host Uzbekistan at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
in the second round match in Group A of the 2018 World Cup Asian
zone third qualification stage.
Daniel Carreno has urged his team to put the injury time loss against
Iran out of their minds.
“The situation after the first round of matches will put us under a lot
of pressure to win as we lost against Iran and Uzbekistan defeated
Syria. However, I’m confident that our players will give their best
tomorrow and will get the three points from the match although it
will not be easy.
“We played with a lot of determination in the first match against
Iran and we will be playing with the same mentality against
Uzbekistan. We will forget the first match now and we will focus
on giving our best, especially because we will be playing at home
and in front of our fans.”
Uzbekistan’s late win over Syria was their first ever victory in the
opening round of matches in FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Goals deep into injury time at a packed-out Azadi Stadium in
Tehran from Reza Ghoochannijhad and Alireza Jahanbaksh
condemned Qatar to a late, late 2-0 defeat against Iran as Daniel
Carreno’s side seek to secure the country’s first-ever FIFA World
Cup finals appearance.
As for Uzbekistan, Veteran striker Aleksandr Geynrikh came off
the bench to claim the only goal of the game with just 16 minutes
remaining to ensure Uzbekistan picked up all three points against
a spirited Syria side.