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Katanec delighted with four-goal win

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Phnom Penh: Iraq head coach Srečko Katanec was a happy man after watching his side score four goals against Cambodia in their third Asian Qualifiers Group C match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.

Goals from Ibrahim Bayesh, Mohanad Ali, Amjad Attwan and Ahmad Ibrahim helped Iraq achieve their second consecutive win in the group and get their seventh point of the campaign.

The Slovenian coach was satisfied with the result as the victory put his side top of the group, ahead of Bahrain on goal difference.

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“We had a great game, tactically speaking, and the victory will give us a big boost in the group,” said Katanec.

“We tried our best to put pressure on our opponents and we finished the first half with a good lead after scoring two goals,” he added. “This helped us to get into the second period with good motivation and we managed to add more goals.”

MD4 - Group C: Cambodia vs Iraq

However, the 56-year-old was disappointed that his players failed to add more goals despite having numerous.

“We missed a lot of chances because the players were eager to score and they had this in their minds,” he added. “We should have scored more goals to increase our tally.”

MD4 - Group C: Cambodia vs Iraq

Iraq midfielder Ibrahim Bayesh, who opened the scoring with a 22nd minute header, was happy to score his second international goal.

“We deserved to win as we had an excellent performance,” he said. “We controlled the entire match and the victory was impressive because we had great determination.”

“This win will give us a big boost to fight for top spot in the group and hopefully, we can continue winning in the next matches,” he added.

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