Qatar U-23 coach Cordova glad with Iran draw

Qatar junior staff head coach Nicolas Cordova expressed his satisfaction after his ranks performed out a 1-1 draw in opposition to a troublesome Iranian aspect of their opening Group A match of the AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022.    
In a sport dominated by Iran at Tashkent’s Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday, Qatar shocked the Iranians within the 87th minute by way of Ahmed Al Ganehi however Erfan Shariari popped as much as salvage some extent along with his equaliser three minutes later.   

Regardless of being diminished to chasing the ball for almost all of the match, Qatar displayed spectacular preventing spirit in dealing with the Iranian strain.
Cordova admitted the Iranians had been bodily superior however he was proud with how his prices had been capable of overcome the problem. 
“It was a bodily robust match, however we had anticipated that almost all matches right here could be like this,” stated Cordova. 

“It was apparent that Iran had been bodily very sturdy and the end result was us dropping duels and tackles. However there are different methods and means to compensate for it, like good organisation in closing the areas, how we work as a staff and thru set-pieces. It was good that we might overcome our bodily deficit.”

Cordova, whereas dissatisfied that Qatar had been unable to defend their lead, stated that is half and parcel of the method of growing his budding squad.

“While you rating and are main minutes from the tip of the sport, it feels just like the equalising purpose value us factors. However wanting again, it was a really equal sport. We acquired one level and that’s okay. 

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“We knew from the start that Iran are an excellent aspect and that the sport was going to be very equal. The gamers confirmed actually good dedication and I’m glad with their efficiency ultimately.”
Qatar will face hosts Uzbekistan of their second match on the Pakhtakor Stadium tomorrow. The house staff leads the group after a 1-0 victory in opposition to Turkmenistan of their first match on Wednesday.   
In the meantime, Iran head coach Mehdi Mahdavikia was dissatisfied with the Qatar draw, however stated he had a clearer image of the development wanted. 

“We had a whole lot of alternatives however we couldn’t rating, and it is a downside,” admitted the previous Iranian worldwide. “We weren’t stunned as Qatar performed the way in which we had predicted. We understood them and I feel we performed rather well in opposition to them. 

“I feel we misplaced two factors. We had been the higher staff when it comes to possession. Qatar used the one alternative that they had within the sport, however it was nonetheless good that we got here again into the sport with the equaliser. We hope to do higher within the subsequent match.