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Revealed 1:08 AM EST Nov 20, 2019
The Matao exhibited spectacular ball motion on the pitch, however just a few errors proved pricey in its 3-1 loss in a Spherical 2 Group A match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier of the Asian zone Tuesday.
The Maldives gained a 2-Zero benefit by halftime off a header by Samooh Ali within the 24th minute and, about 15 minutes later, a Guam personal aim on the Nationwide Stadium in Male, Maldives.
“We grow to be our personal worst enemy at instances,” mentioned Karl Dodd, Guam’s head coach. “I’d go so far as saying we dominated possession and we’re the higher group, however we swap off throughout moments within the recreation. These moments harm us as we concede; we have to keep switched on for 90 minutes.”
Regardless of the halftime deficit, the Matao pushed via with its attack-minded taking part in type, with the reward 5 minutes into the deciding half — John Matkin linked on a header from a Travis Nicklaw cross to make it 2-1.
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The Maldives elevated physicality, leading to two late yellow card offenses. A dangerous play by Maldives’ Ali Ashfaq in charging Guam goalkeeper Dallas Jaye on a ball clearance exterior the penalty space paid off in stoppage time, incomes his group a aim after the ball ricocheted off his physique and again into the aim.
Qualifier matches proceed in March 2020, with Guam taking over the Philippines Azkals in Manila March 26. The Matao will return to Guam to play China March 31 on the Guam Soccer Affiliation Nationwide Coaching Heart.
Guam’s last match of the qualifier spherical will likely be towards Syria on June 4.