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Sanchez full of praise for ‘impressive’ Qatar display


Dhaka: Qatar head coach Felix Sanchez has praised both his side’s character and performance after the Group E leaders overcame difficult playing conditions to beat Bangladesh 2-0 on Matchday Three of the Asian Qualifiers.

Yusuf Abdurisag’s first-half goal and a late strike from Karim Boudiaf helped seal all three points for Sanchez’s charges on a night when, despite the damp conditions, they maintained their push to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

With a crucial trip to second-placed Oman looming large on Tuesday, the Spanish tactician was left in doubt as to the importance of the victory following a job well done for 2019 AFC Asian Cup winners at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium.

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“We had a good match despite the difficult conditions,” Sanchez told reporters after the match.

“However, the players showed excellent character throughout the match and they had an impressive performance. I am happy that the players avoided injuries, which is a big bonus for us."

“I expected our opponents to play defensively, and they tried to deny us any space to go forward or create any scoring chances.

“However, I am satisfied with the performance and proud with what the players showed in the match. This was an important victory for us, especially given that we are on top of the standings,” he added.

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