Oman delighted with fightback point against Palestine

8 May 2017

Oman head coach Hamad Al-Azani hailed his side's spirit after they twice came back from a goal down to snatch a 2-2 draw against Palestine in their Islamic Solidarity Games opener on Monday.

Striker Marwan Awlad Wadi twice equalised Oday Dabbagh efforts, the second of which came with only four minutes of normal time to play.

"The Palestinian team played very well during the first half," said Al-Azini.

"They certainly had the upper hand over us, but after the substitutions we tried to play an attacking game and I think that we rectified our mistakes. Our team was only put together recently, and this is a very good start."

Oman are in a tough Group B alongside Algeria and Turkey as well as Palestine, but Al-Azini insisted that they are relishing the challenge.

"I'm very glad that we're in this group and I think that we learned a lot today simply by playing," he added.

Palestine were feeling confident before the match and had several opportunities to put the three points to bed.

Unsurprisingly, their coach Ayman Sandouqa felt as though his side were slightly hard done by.

"It was a very interesting match, but I feel like we deserved a better result," he said.

"Having said that, I am content with the performance and result overall. We showed our best in the first half and played well and we still capitalised on our best chances to score.

"We saw very good tactics and discipline from Oman, but we actually expected a much better.

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