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Oman comeback gives Koeman joy

Guwahati: Oman national team coach Erwin Koeman was a happy man after seeing his side come from a goal down to beat India 2-1 in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Sunil Chhetri had put India ahead in the first half but a late brace from Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar gave Oman three valuable points at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati.

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“I’m happy for this victory as we managed to get the three points,” said the Dutch coach. “We didn’t have a good performance because our preparations were late just like our opponents.

“Our local league is yet to start which also affected us. We focused a lot recently on the physical aspect and we should have had a better performance.”

“We didn’t have a good performance and made many mistakes in the first half,” he added. “However, we fixed those mistakes in the second period."

Koeman also praised the performance of India who “have many good young players and they had a good performance tonight. I wish them all the best in the future.”

The 57-year-old coach admitted that he was nervous at some points of the match, before joking about not moving a lot in his technical area.

“I only jump when it is the birthday of my wife,” said Koeman before explaining “There is a specific person in our technical team who is in charge of this task.”

Oman are set to face Afghanistan in their second match in the group next month, but will play Lebanon in a friendly on Tuesday.

Photos: Oman Football Association, AFP

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