UAE can be aiming for his or her first victory within the third and the ultimate spherical of the AFC World Cup qualifying marketing campaign once they face Syria in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday.
Having dropped two factors of their goalless draw in opposition to Lebanon at house, Bert van Marwijk’s males can be determined to get their marketing campaign again on monitor.
“I respect the Syrian nationwide workforce, however we’re glad with the progress of the preparations,” Van Marwijk mentioned forward of their essential second match.
Regardless of dominating the match in opposition to Lebanon at Zabeel Stadium, The Whites couldn’t discover a breakthrough at the same time as Ali Mabkhout rounded the goalkeeper however struck the woodwork as a substitute, leaving his facet to stroll away from Zabeel Stadium with some extent, not three.
For Syria, the journey to Azadi Stadium appeared set to be a stalemate like the opposite two video games within the group, however the Qasioun Eagles’ defences caved in after 56 minutes with Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s curled effort deflected off a defender and into the again of the web for Iran’s winner.
Van Marwijk’s males have been with out the companies of two key midfielders for lengthy spells of their earlier encounter as Abdalla Ramadan and Khalfan Mubarak have been deemed solely match sufficient for late cameos, as a substitute it was teenager Abdullah Hamad who was handed his debut in opposition to the Cedars. The Al Jazira duo are set for an expanded position in opposition to Syria as they recuperate from accidents.
Fellow midfielder Ali Salmin performed the entire 90 minutes on Thursday and is decided to combat tougher to get the three factors in opposition to Syria.
“Just one match is gone, there are nonetheless 9 extra to go, 27 factors to compete for,” mentioned Salmin.
“We should combat onerous to get as many factors as attainable to spice up our possibilities of reaching the Fifa World Cup. For us, and for all UAE soccer followers, it is a long-awaited dream.
“We’re absolutely conscious how sturdy Syria are, we’re absolutely targeted on this match and we present respect to each opponent we face, however our goal is all the time to get the three factors.”
In the meantime, Syria boss Nizar Mahrous bemoaned his facet’s slim defeat to Iran as “undeserved”, vowing to make amends.
“It’s crucial for us to win, to get the three factors in opposition to the UAE,” mentioned Mahrous.
“We have to bounce again from that end result. We’re prepared; gamers and training employees are all raring to go once more. The UAE are workforce with gifted people, however we’re enjoying in our adopted house and anticipate a whole lot of Syrian followers to be current in Amman.”
The 2 sides confronted twice within the 2010 Fifa World Cup qualifiers with UAE unable to win over the 2 legs. A 1-1 attract Syria was adopted by a 3-1 victory for the Qasioun Eagles in UAE’s house turf. (with inputs from AFC web site)