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A pair of teams seeking their first Gold Cup win will meet in Group D action on Saturday when grenade assume Qatar.
The Spice Boys lost their opening game 4-0 to Honduras, while Qatar conceded a late penalty to Panama in a 3-3 draw.
Before this competition, the manager of Granada Michael Findlay He said his players would seek respect within the CONCACAF region, but after a 4-0 loss in their opener, that can be hard to come by.
Statistically speaking, the score may not have been a clear indication of the game, as Granada fired only one less shot on goal than the Hondurans, although they never really looked comfortable.
Findlay will hope his team has removed those nerves from their system by now as they seek their first Gold Cup result, having lost all seven games played in this tournament, scoring just one goal in that span.
With only two players on their Gold Cup roster over the age of 30, they have little experience and it showed in their passing, that they clicked with just 75% accuracy in their first game.
This tournament was supposed to serve as an indicator of where this program is and how well this team is progressing, and lately, it seems like they still have a long way to go, having lost three games in a row, going scoreless in two of those. games.
The opening match of this competition for Qatar was quite an encounter for football fans who love open play, although their coach Felix Sanchez he was probably not very satisfied with the result.
Maroon had the upper hand against the Panamanians on three occasions, but they couldn’t hold out and ended with a draw in what was probably the most exciting game to watch in the Gold Cup thus far.
The 2022 World Cup hosts were unusually sloppy on defense, allowing three goals for the first time in a competitive match since October 2018 and allowing six shots on target, the most they have given up since conceding 12 shots. on goal to Ghana in a 5-1. loss in October last year.
When you look at those stats, it seems pretty clear what they need to improve on in their second match, and they’ll be happy to face a team in Granada that have only scored multiple goals once in their previous nine games.
While disappointed not to score three points in their opener, Qatar made a statement that they are a team to be feared and deserve to be playing in the World Cup next year.
Goalkeeper of Granada Reice Charles-Cook He got off to a rocky start to this tournament as the England-born goalkeeper, who began his senior career at Arsenal, conceded on all four shots he faced against Honduras.
His brother Regan Charles-Cook made his international debut with the Spice Boys when the Ross County midfielder played 72 minutes per wing, while Dejon Noel-Williams played in the last half hour against Honduras, replacing their top scorer Jamal charles.
Defender Omar beckles began his first game in central defense since the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League, playing alongside his most experienced defender in this tournament in Aaron Pierre, who has more than a dozen caps for his country.
Qatar forward Almoez ali scored his second goal in as many games for his country, ranking fifth all-time alongside Mansour muftah with 31 international goals.
Akram Afif moved into a tie with Sayed ali bechir for the eighth of all time in international goals, shooting home his twentieth for his country on Tuesday, while the goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham He made his second straight outing, stopping three of the six shots he faced.
Sánchez made a change to the Qatari five against Panama playing Boualem Khoukhi in central defense instead of Tarek salmanwhile midfielder Abdullah Al-Ahrak he entered as a substitute in the second half in his first match, after playing for more than an hour in his last match-up match against El Salvador.
Possible starting lineup of Granada:
Belfon; Sterling, Paul, Pierre, Ettienne; Charles-Cook, Norburn, Paterson, Frank; Lewis, Charles
Qatar’s possible starting lineup:
Barsham; Ro-Ro, Al-Rawi, Salman, Hassan, Ahmed; Al-Ahrak, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif
Correct Score: Granada 0-3 Qatar
Granada is still young and learning what it takes to compete at this stage, having conceded in four of their last five matches.
Playing against a team as offensively inept as Granada has been of late could be just what Qatar needs to regain its confidence on defense, and when you combine that with an offense that it has scored in each of its last 11 competitive games, it could. be a long night. for the little Caribbean nation.
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