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Mission accomplished for Koeman and Oman


Seeb: Head coach Erwin Koeman has revealed that it was a case of mission accomplished for Oman after seeing his side register a hard-fought 3-0 win over Afghanistan in their latest Asian Qualifiers fixture on Thursday.

Abdulaziz Al Muqbali scored twice and Muhsen Al Ghassani added a second-half penalty as Oman registered their second consecutive victory en route to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

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The Matchday Three result left Oman occupying second place in Group E – just one point behind table-topping Qatar who they are set to face on Tuesday – and with Koeman reflecting on the importance of the win rather than the nature of the hard-fought success.

“It was not an easy match but we managed to win with three goals,” said the Dutch tactician.

“The most important thing today was to get the victory regardless of the amount of goals we scored as I don’t have a button to motivate forwards to score."

“I am happy with the performance that we had in the first half, however things changed in the second period and that was because the players were tired.

“Our players come to [play for] the national team and they are tired because of their heavy schedule and this affects us.

“I hope that the players can now recover for the match against Qatar which is the hardest for us in the group.”

Meanwhile, opposite number Anoush Dastgir believes a lack of preparation was a major factor behind Afghanistan’s defeat.

“At the moment we don’t have a league with good organisation which eventually affects us,” he declared.

“There is big difference between us and Oman. Oman are an organised side with good players and we tried our best to get out of the match with minimal damage.

“We did our utmost to isolate the Oman forwards during the match, but we faced a good side who had experienced players.”

Photos: Oman Football Association

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