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Sanchez: Luck not on Qatar's side

Doha: Qatar's 2019 winning run against Asian teams was halted by India in the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday and head coach Felix Sanchez was left rueing his team's bad luck.

It was a run which started in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 as Qatar, en route to lifting the title, defeated Asian giants Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates and Japan.

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Qatar went into the Group E match against India having dismantled Afghanistan 6-0 just days earlier and their fans were expecting a similar goal fest.

Instead, the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts couldn't find the back of the net in a match which they completed dominated and Spaniard Sanchez was left shaking his head.

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“I’m not happy with the result,” said Sanchez.

"We wanted to win the match but unfortunately sometimes you have a good performance but you don’t win at the end of the day.”

That Qatar performed well cannot be disputed, as the stats will show, and Sanchez was left to rue an unlucky night for the Asian champions.

“Luck was not on our side,” stressed Sanchez. “We created more than 25 chances but we failed to score.”

Qatar will have a chance to make amends when they play Bangladesh away on October 10, followed by Oman five days later.

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