Regragui hails Al Duhail players after "important" win over Persepolis
Doha: Al Duhail SC head coach Walid Regragui described his side’s 2-0 win against Persepolis FC in their 2020 AFC Champions League Group C tie on Tuesday as an important victory.
Mario Mandzukic and Edmilson found the net within the first 13 minutes at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium as Qatar's Al Duhail got off to a roaring start.
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The Moroccan, who only took charge of Al Duhail three weeks ago, was pleased with the performance of his players, who have had a heavy schedule in recent weeks.
“I want to congratulate the players for the performance they had, especially in the first half,” said Regragui. “We put a lot of pressure on our opponents and controlled the match."
“Things changed in the second half as we gave the chance to our opponents to control the ball. However, I’m very happy with the result against a team who hadn’t lost in their last 12 matches.
“We are playing matches every five days and this affected the performance of the players in the second half."
“What annoyed me is that we failed to score more goals from the chances that we created.
“I hope that this start will be a good lesson for us. We still have matches to win and we must continue working very hard to avoid mistakes in the matches to come.”
FT: Al Duhail FC (🇶🇦) 2 - 0 Persepolis (🇮🇷)— #ACL2020 (@TheAFCCL) February 11, 2020
✅ Mandzukic opens his tally in the ACL
✅ Clean sheet
✅ 3 points secured
Hosts with a comfortable win as Persepolis go back to the drawing board prior to the next ACL match-up.#ACL2020 #ADHvPER pic.twitter.com/AljiPERWcS
Persepolis head coach Yahya Golmohammadi said his side tried their best to make a comeback after a slow start but they failed to score from their chances.
“We gave our best to make a comeback, especially in the second half,” said Golmohammadi. “We put a lot of pressure but we failed to score any goals."
“We didn’t have good concentration at the start of match and that cost us heavily. We must focus and give our best in all the remaining matches in order to recover from this defeat.”
Up next for the Islamic Republic of Iran club are UAE’s Sharjah on Tuesday while Al Duhail will play Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun FC.
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