Oman books ticket for China

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Oman was at its dom­i­nat­ing best as it de­feated Iran 2-0 in their final Group A qual­i­fy­ing match at the Dolen Omurza­kov Sta­dium in Bishkek, Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, to march into the AFC U23 Cham­pi­onship in China next year.

Ha­mad al Az­zani's men needed just a draw to seal their spot in the fi­nals but fin­ished their cam­paign in style as Group A win­ner. Oman had routed the hosts 5-1 in their opener on Fri­day and led the group on bet­ter goal-dif­fer­ence ahead of its clash against Iran.

Iran had be­gun its cam­paign on Wed­nes­day with a 2-1 win over Kyr­gyz Repub­lic.

On Sun­day, Oman's Jameel al Yah­madi broke the dead­lock in the 48th minute and Mohsen al Ghas­sani added the se­cond in 70th minute to seal the team's com­fort­able vic­tory against Iran.

Later Az­zani said, “My team showed in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion and the will to win. I thank my play­ers for a fan­tas­tic game and re­sult. We are very happy. I think that the main rea­son for our win in the group was ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tion and we will con­tinue to work hard for the fu­ture.”

Oman joins Aus­tralia, South Korea, North Korea, Uzbek­istan and Malaysia in the fi­nals.

The ten group win­ners di­rectly qual­ify for the fi­nals while the five best run­ners-up across all groups will also ad­vance. How­ever, if China win its group or is among the best five run­ners-up, the sixth best run­ner-up will also qual­ify.

Ha­mad al Az­zani, Oman coach

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