Carreno eyes improvement after dramatic loss in Tehran

 03 Sep 2016 - 9:00

Carreno eyes improvement after dramatic loss in Tehran
Iran’s Ashkan Dejagah (right) and Qatar’s Luiz Junior (left) fight for the ball during their World Cup 2018 Asia qualifying football match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Thursday. Iran beat Qatar 2-0.


By Fawad Hussain

Doha: Laid down by an individual blunder but high in their resolve, Qatar are eyeing to show improvement in the remaining matches of their FIFA World Cup qualifiers, following a dramatic loss against Iran.    
The Al Anabi did a tremendous job by putting Iran under pressure at their own backyard until goalkeeper Amine Lacomte made a horrific mistake in injury time, allowing the hosts to walk away with a 2-0 win in Tehran on Thursday.

Qatar coach Jose Daniel Carreno

However, despite the loss, Qatar coach Jose Daniel Carreno is optimistic of his team’s resurgence in the competition.             
“I can only say that I’m sorry for the defeat, we will be better in our next games,” said Carreno.
“We had a good match, the teams were aware of one another’s strengths and weaknesses.
“Both teams had limited space to play in as we knew each other very well. They were seeking to score from high crosses but we didn’t allow them to do so. However we conceded a goal by making an individual mistake.”
“It was a difficult and tight game. From where I watched the game, Iran’s first goal seemed to be scored from an offside position. But we made a bad mistake, our goalkeeper played the ball very bad. As it appeared to me the player who scored the first goal was offside. However the referee was in a better position and certainly made the right decision.”
Qatar will next play Uzbekistan on September 6 in their second Group A match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.   
Meanwhile, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was full of praise for Qatar after the match.
“This Qatari side is a really good team because it is organised and they have good players. To be able to win the match, we had to fully focus and keep our opponents under pressure until the very last moment. We forced them to retreat.
“I think the goal we scored revealed the truth about the game and if one of the teams deserved a win it was definitely Iran. The second goal came so naturally since Qatar had nothing to lose and they were looking for a draw.”
“We had a very difficult game,” said Queiroz.
“It was a tense and highly tactical match. It was obvious that Qatar was looking to take advantage of our weaknesses in the first half, therefore we had a difficult first half.
“We tried to open up the game in the second half and put Qatar under more pressure. We had better scoring chances in the second half and we really played better during the half,” he added.

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