History making Mongolia's journey only just beginning
Bandar Seri Begawan: Mongolia must be prepared to work even harder if they want to continue making history after advancing to the next stage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Joint Qualification on Tuesday.
The East Asians saw off a strong challenge from Brunei, who had drawn level 2-2 on aggregate by the end of the first half at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Mongolian captain Norjmoo Tsedenbal, however, had the final say as he struck a penalty two minutes into the second half to ensure his team advanced to the second round for the first time in their history.
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It was fitting that Tsedenbal was the one to score, having earned the honour of scoring the first goal of the Asian Qualifiers in last week's first leg.
Mongolia, said head coach Michael Weiss, must now work very hard to ensure they can create more history in the second round.
"Yes, we are very happy, obviously. It's the first time in our history. Last year, we qualified for the first time to the EAFF Championship second round round, and now for the first time in the history of the World Cup," said Weiss.
Ялалт ялагдлын алинд ч шигшээ багаа дэмжиж, ДАШТ-ий урьдчилсан шатанд орсон энэ гайхалтай мөч хүртэл хамт байсан хөгжөөн...Posted by MONGOLIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION on Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Mongolia, added the German, have to be prepared for the second round where Asia's big teams will also be in the fray.
"The second round comes with a lot of work, a lot of hardship is on the way but we are happy.
"We have to prepare accordingly because we are on a different level now and we have to behave and work on a different level.
"Otherwise, it will be very hard to play against these very strong opponents. I already have my plan in place and I am sure the federation will be as supportive as they have been before."
Photo: Mongolia Football Federation
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