Al-Sadd deserves the victory, says Esperance coach

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 11 Dec 2011

Esperance coach recognises that Qatari side Al-Sadd deserved the victory against his team and asks Qatar play their best to represent Arab football against Barcelona legends on Thursday

Coach Nabil Maaloul of Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Photo: Reuters)

Tunisian side Esperance coach Nabil Maaloul admitted Sunday that the Qatari side Al-Saad deserved the 2-1 victory over his team in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday.

“Al Sadd didn’t steal the victory: they performed well in the game in order to get the upper hand” Maaloul told the game post press conference.

Esperance lost to Qatari side Al-Sadd 2-1 on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Japan, where they will face Spanish giants Barcelona in the third round on 15 December.     

“I ask the Qatari players to do their best when they face Barcelona in the next round to honour Arabian football” he added.

“I am happy with my players’ performance in the game, but bad luck stoode against their hopes, so I ask them not to be angry,” Esperance’s coach added.

The Tunisian side had two goals ruled offside in a frantic final few minutes but ultimately paid for their wastefulness in front of goal.

“I didn’t watch the television repeating to the two goals to decide if they are offside or not or to comment on it” the 49-year old tactician concluded.

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