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Ould Ali rues Palestine’s missed opportunity


Al Ram: Palestine head coach Noureddine Ould Ali was left ruing the chances his side missed in their 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Both teams failed to break the deadlock at the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in Al-Ram as the home side claimed their fourth point in the group.

Saudi Arabia are on five points, with group leaders Uzbekistan one ahead in the race for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying.

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While satisfied with the point, Ould Ali believed his side could have claimed all three points.

“The draw that we got is not bad at all, but we wanted to get the three points and we had a chance to get away with a victory,” said the Algerian.

“We played against a strong team with good players, especially on the flanks,” he added. “We are also a good team and we have players who are able to achieve positive results.”

Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard admitted that his side had a tough match against strong opponents who made things hard for them.

“We had a difficult match. Our opponents were ready and they had big confidence,” said Renard.

“The two teams didn’t have clear shots on goal as our players had good control on the ball but they didn’t try their luck on goal."

“We were under huge pressure but we gave our best,” said the Frenchman. “We still need more time in order to increase coherence between the players.”

Matchday Five on November 14 will see Saudi Arabia away to Uzbekistan while Palestine will play Yemen.

Photos: Palestine Football Association

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