- Qatar are high of Asian qualifying Group E
- Bangladesh aiming for constructive end result regardless of troublesome process
- This would be the first aggressive recreation in Asia in 2020
Bangladesh may have all of it to do as we speak in opposition to Qatar, the reigning Asian champions and host of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, when the groups meet in Group E of the Asian qualifiers for the worldwide showpiece.
This Friday, the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium will host Asia’s first aggressive worldwide of 2020 after matchdays 7 and eight of the second qualifying spherical, which have been initially scheduled for October and November 2020, have been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Qatar will probably be aiming to increase their lead in Group E, having already registered 4 wins and a draw, together with a 2-0 defeat of Bangladesh in Dhaka. The hosts will take pleasure in a real house benefit with permission granted for spectators to occupy 20 p.c of the stadium’s seating capability.
Al-Annabi will probably be counting on the nucleus of gamers who received the AFC Asian Cup 2019, spearheaded by reigning AFC Player of the Year Akram Afif, in addition to the highest-scorer of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Almoez Ali. They will, nevertheless, should take care of the absence of defender Ro-Ro (Pedro Miguel) attributable to suspension.
The defending Asian champions can not wait for the motion to restart. “We’re very pleased to renew matches as we haven’t performed any aggressive video games for a very long time. The gamers are enthusiastic about this encounter,” stated Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.
Asked in regards to the corresponding away fixture in 2019, the Spaniard stated: “Bangladesh had some probabilities in that recreation, and we observed that they defend very properly. They do their utmost in each match and that’s one among their strengths.”
Al-Annabi ready for as we speak’s match with three friendlies within the final two months; dropping 5-1 to Ghana, drawing 1-1 with Costa Rica and most just lately happening 2-1 to Korea Republic.
Bangladesh will probably be underneath no illusions heading into this recreation, provided that Qatar are 125 locations above them within the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Moreover, they’re backside of Group E, having picked up a solitary level in 4 video games courtesy of a draw with India.
The South Asian aspect ready for the encounter with two friendlies in opposition to Nepal final month, profitable the primary match 2-0 earlier than drawing the second 0-0.
Bangladesh coach Jamie Day admitted it will be robust to defeat Qatar, saying: “Winning will be difficult despite the solid preparation we made by playing four friendly matches.”
The English coach just lately contracted Covid-19 and was solely capable of be part of his crew in Qatar on Wednesday. “We need to get a constructive end result in opposition to the Asian champions,” he stated.