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Kuwait players vow to learn from Australia defeat

Kuwait City: Lack of experience cost them a 3-0 defeat to Australia in the Asian Qualifiers but Kuwait's players have vowed to bounce back in their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Three first half goals sealed Australia a routine victory in their opening Group B tie with Kuwait, who had defeated Nepal 7-0 on Matchday One, unable to muster a response on Tuesday.

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Skipper Bader Al Mutawaa said Kuwait made crucial mistakes in the first half and they also lacked the experience needed to take on a well-knit side like Australia.

“We have several players who are young and they don’t have big experience in international football,” said Al Mutawaa who came off the bench at the start of the second half.

MD2 - Group B: Kuwait vs Australia

“The players gave their best but at the same time we made some mistakes during dead-ball situations. Those mistakes cost us as we conceded three goals.

“We tried our best to improve in the second half but it is always hard to come back after being 3-0 down,” he concluded.

Defender Hamad Al Harbi was confident Kuwait can recover in their coming matches.

“We totally lost our concentration and we should all blame ourselves for the goals that we conceded,” said Al Harbi.

“However, we should forget the defeat as we are still at the start of the Qualifiers. I hope that we can learn from the mistakes that we made and improve in the coming matches.”

Kuwait will next play Jordan away on October 10.

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