FIFA World Cup Joint Qualifiers round-2
Bangladesh, Qatar meet today
Bangladesh national football team is meeting Asian champion Qatar in the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round-2 for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 today (Thursday) at 7:00pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
In the meantime, Qatar faced Afghanistan on 5th September where it won the match by 6-0. In the last match, India gripped Qatar in a goalless draw on 10th September.
Qatar is the 62nd in FIFA ranking while Bangladesh is 187th.
However, before meeting Bangladesh, Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said they were not thinking much of the ranking.
He said, "We are only thinking about our match tomorrow. We are not thinking of other things. Besides, currently, all the teams in Asia are good."
He said that none of the opponents could be looked down upon and that was why they were going to treat all the challengers equally.
About Jamal Bhuiyan, he said, "I know him for many days. He is a key player and very influential in his team."
On the other hand, Bangladesh was defeated to Afghanistan by 1-0 margin on 10th September. Afterwards, the red and greens played two FIFA International Friendly matches against Bhutan. They won the first match by 4-1 and second match by 2-0.
Before the Thursday match, Bangladesh Coach James Day said, "We are looking forward to tomorrow's (Thursday) match. After playing against Bhutan, boys are inspired."
"The preparation is good. Boys are in excellent condition."
"We will have to play extremely well with confidence. We will have to have good attitude."
"We did well against Bhutan in the friendly matches and will try to use that to boost our morale and do well in the match against Qatar," said the coach.
Bangladesh skipper Jamal said, "Our opponents are number one in Asia right now. We will have to play well against them."
"This match will be tough for us. And we will have to play accordingly. If we can give our hundred per cent, there is a chance for us to do well."
"...I think you already know that India played a draw match against Qatar. So, if India can make a draw with Qatar, we can do well too."
After today's match, the boys in red and green jerseys will face neighboring India on 15th October in Kolkata in the next match.