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Al Naimat will come good, says Jordan’s Abu Ismael

Buriram: Striker Yazan Al Naimat will recover from missing two clear-cut chances in Jordan’s opening match of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, according to head coach Ahmed Abu Ismael. 

The 20-year-old striker contributed to Friday's 2-1 Group D victory by winning the penalty kick which was converted by Mohammed Bani Atieh in the first half, but Al Naimat could have done a lot better when one-on-one against DPR Korea goalkeeper Kang Ju-hyuk on two occasions.

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With 11 minutes played, Al Naimat took advantage of a defensive error to move clear on goal, but could not put enough power behind his shot, allowing Kang to catch it easily.

In the second half, the forward found himself in a similar situation. This time it took a fine reflex save from Kang to deny Al Naimat.

“It happens in football that players miss chances,” said Abu Ismael. “But we still have faith in Yazan, he is capable and has scored goals in friendlies before the tournament and we believe he will take his chances well against Vietnam.

“We controlled the game from the start, threatened their goal, but were unlucky in front of goal throughout the first half and the start of the second half."

“First matches are always difficult, so the most important thing is to get the three points. The weather impacted us.

"The way we play changes from game to game, moving forward we expect to do much better and will switch our tactics according to the requirement of the game. DPR Korea played with five defenders so we went with long balls."

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DPR Korea head coach Ri Yu-il joined his opposite number in praising the Jordanian strikers, insisting that their quality made Jordan’s tactics work and sealed the win for them.

“I think both teams played well and gave their best,” said Ri. “We had some mistakes in defence. It is the first game for our players and we were not fully mentally prepared for the game."

“Jordan played with long balls up front. They know their strikers have the quality to create chances this way and their tactics worked today. Their strikers have pace and are good in one-on-one situations.

“We have analysed both UAE and Vietnam and we have also learned lessons through our mistakes so we can be better prepared for the next two matches."

Jordan play Vietnam on Monday while DPR Korea will chase their first point against the UAE earlier on the same day.

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