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Lebanon’s Ciobotariu disappointed with DPR Korea draw

Beirut: Lebanon head coach Liviu Ciobotariu was left disappointed following his side’s goalless home draw with DPR Korea in Group H of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.

Lebanon failed to break the deadlock against DPR Korea at Beirut Sports City to squander a chance to go top of the group.

The West Asians, together with DPR Korea and Korea Republic, are on eight points with Turkmenistan leading the group after defeating Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

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Ciobotariu said Lebanon failed to pressure DPR Korea in the first half and squandered a couple of scoring chances in the second period.

“To be honest I’m disappointed with the result,” said Ciobotariu. “We didn’t create any scoring chances in the first half, the players were slow in the build-up and we failed to take advantage from the flanks.

“Things changed in the second period as we were better and created some scoring chances,” he added.

The Romanian coach said despite the draw, their second in succession after holding Korea Republic 0-0 on Thursday, Lebanon would keep fighting.

“We should not lose hope as we still have a chance to finish top two in the group,” said Ciobotariu. “Mathematically speaking, if we manage to get six points from our last three matches, we will have a chance.

“We will be fighting until the end and we will try our best to get the six points,” he concluded.

Lebanon play Turkmenistan on March 31, Sri Lanka on June 4 before ending their campaign against Korea Republic five days later.

DPR Korea head coach Yun Jong-su, on the other hand, was satisfied with the result.

“The match went according to what we had planned,” he said. “We were focused on our defence as we didn’t want to concede.

“We also wanted to take advantage of the counter attacks and create some scoring chances,” he added.

Yun said the result would boost DPR Korea’s chances of advancing to the next round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

“We still have a chance of advancing to the next round as we will be playing two of last three matches at home and if we can get good results, we will be in a good position in the group.”

DPR Korea will host Sri Lanka on March 26 and Turkmenistan on June 9 with an away tie against Korea Republic on June 4.

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