Dubai: Head coach Bert Van Marwijk was left to rue his group’s outcome after United Arab Emirates opened their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Street to Qatar Group A marketing campaign with a draw towards Lebanon on Thursday.
Regardless of taking part in at residence, creating many scoring possibilities and dominating all through the 90 minutes, UAE needed to share the spoils with Lebanon after a 0-0 draw on the Zabeel Stadium.
The outcome means UAE are tied on one level with Iraq, Korea Republic and Lebanon with Islamic Republic of Iran the early leaders after defeating Syria 1-0.
Van Marwijk mentioned UAE utilized the identical ways that had labored properly for them in June’s second spherical of the Asian Qualifiers however his gamers simply could not discover a well past a resolute Lebanese defence.
“We performed the identical approach that we performed within the final 4 matches within the second spherical of the Qualifiers,” Van Marwijk advised native media. “Nevertheless, we solely confirmed 10 p.c of the efficiency that we had as we managed possession as much as 70 p.c however the heroics of the Lebanon goalkeeper prevented us from scoring.”
The 69-year-old tactician, nonetheless, mentioned whereas the outcome was a setback, there’s nonetheless a lot to play for and UAE can realise their dream of reaching the FIFA World Cup Finals for a second time.
“We nonetheless have a giant likelihood to achieve the World Cup as we didn’t lose however we shared a attract one among 10 matches that we’ll be taking part in within the ultimate spherical. It is just one match however I hoped, after all, to begin with a win.
“We nonetheless have many matches and as we speak’s outcome shouldn’t have an effect on our possibilities to qualify.”
Lebanon head coach Ivan Hasek was happy with the outcome, saying his earlier teaching expertise within the UAE and the combating spirit of his gamers was key for the Cedars claiming a invaluable level.
“I do know quite a bit about UAE soccer and their gamers, which made our activity straightforward as we speak,” mentioned Hasek, a former Al Fujairah and Al Hilal head coach. “All of the gamers gave their greatest tonight and vowed to please the Lebanese individuals in such tough circumstances.
“Our preparations had been good and regardless of lacking many gamers because of accidents or COVID-19, we had a great outcome. I’m pleased with my gamers as they did precisely what we got here right here for and we’ve a invaluable level.”
Talking forward of Lebanon’s subsequent match towards Korea Republic on Tuesday, the 57-year-old Czech native mentioned it might be one other robust match for his aspect.
“Lebanon will not be one of many favourites to advance from the group as everyone seems to be rooting for Korea Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran. Nevertheless, we should always reap the benefits of this in an effort to construct the boldness of the gamers for the following matches.”