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Al Rawi: Qatar need to take three points against China PR

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Bassam Al Rawi Qatar U23 v Oman

Changzhou: Bassam Al Rawi has said that Qatar cannot afford to relax despite Friday’s 1-0 win over Oman putting them in a commanding position at the top of the AFC U23 Championship 2018 Group A standings.

The hard-fought victory, coupled with Qatar’s earlier defeat of Uzbekistan by a similar scoreline, leaves the West Asians flying high at the summit and within touching distance of a place in the quarter-finals.

However, despite his side’s fine run of form, and with a final group stage game still to come against China on Monday, Al Rawi insists that nothing has been achieved just yet.

“We played well versus Oman, we gave our best and we got the three points,” said the talented Al Duhail defender who was a member of the Qatar squad at the 2016 edition of the AFC U23 Championship.

“At this stage (of the tournament), we always play to win and to get those all-important three points.

“We have six points, but that doesn't mean we have qualified. We need to take three points against China.”

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China began their AFC U23 Championship campaign in style courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 win over Oman, but were subsequently beaten by Uzbekistan on Matchday Two.

Whilst recognising the size of the task that awaits Qatar when they face China, Al Rawi is optimistic of his side’s chances at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Center.

“It is going to be a difficult game, especially as we are playing at their home ground,” he explained.

“There might be a full stadium, and I think it’s going to be a difficult for us to win, but we can do it.

“We are feeling confident and we will always go for the win.”

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