Qatar heavy favourites against Bangladesh

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Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said his team will go all out for a vic­tory against Bangladesh in their Group E FIFA World Cup and Asian Cup joint qual­i­fy­ing match in Dhaka. Af­ter two matches at home – they beat Afghanista­n 6-0 and drew 0-0 with In­dia – Qatar will play their first match abroad to­day, while Oman return to ac­tion on home soil against Afghanista­n. Qatar and Oman are vy­ing to top the group.

“It is an im­por­tant match for us. We have pre­pared well and this match will test all as­pects of our prepa­ra­tion,” Sanchez said yes­ter­day.

“We seek a pos­i­tive re­sult. We will be play­ing to won,” Sanchez added. “I hope the play­ers do ev­ery­thing in their power to get the de­sired re­sult,” Sanchez said.

Re­gard­ing changes in tac­tics and pos­si­ble in­duc­tion of fresh play­ers, Sanchez said: “We will not go for new tac­tics. The play­ers are busy with league matches. Our goal is to pro­vide our best and to go for a win in or­der to get the points.”

He added: “We do our work and strive for devel­op­ment and im­prove­ment and the ultimate goal is to have a good team par­tic­i­pate in a com­pet­i­tive man­ner in the 2022 World Cup and the play­ers are com­mit­ted to­wards that goal. We will play hard but fair.”

As for ab­sence of key player Akram Afif, he said: “Ev­ery­one is ready to play the match. We will de­ter­mine the play­ing XI af­ter the last train­ing ses­sion. Ev­ery player is ready to give 100 per­cent. We will spare no ef­fort to win this match.”

“I’m wary of the rain, and I have pro­fes­sional play­ers who are able to play in ev­ery weather con­di­tion. We will do ev­ery­thing to get the three points,” Sanchez said.

Qatar beat Bangladesh 4-1 in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup Qual­i­fiers. Back then, Wisam Rizq and Adel Lamy scored in the first half while the re­cently re­tired Khal­fan Ibrahim bagged a brace to ren­der Mo­hamed Ar­man’s sole strike for Bangladesh merely con­so­la­tion.

Sanchez will be with­out the ser­vices of tena­cious mid­fielder As­sim Madibo who un­der­went surgery af­ter an an­kle in­jury sus­tained with his club side ear­lier this month.

Mean­while, the eight-man-strong Al Sadd con­tin­gent in the camp will look to pick them­selves up fol­low­ing a heavy 4-1 home de­feat to Al Hi­lal in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal.

And while Bangladesh’s 187th FIFA rank­ing is no match to Qatar’s 62nd place, Bangladesh will be en­cour­aged by their per­for­mance in the nar­row 1-0 de­feat to Afghanista­n on the open­ing match­day of the Asian Qual­i­fiers.

Key for the hosts is to be able to stop striker Al­moez Ali; the 23-year-old has 17 goals in his last 18 Qatar ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing a hat-trick against the Afghans on Match­day One.

Mean­while, It will be sec­ond vs third in Muscat as Oman face Afghanista­n for the first time in a com­pet­i­tive match. Both sides have three points to their name, but the hosts have played one game less than their op­po­nents.

Mem­bers of the Qatar team train un­der the watch­ful eyes of coach Felix Sanchez (R).

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