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  • Fri 14 Dec 2018, 19 : 30 - Arabian Gulf League

Zenga: The Missed Penalty was the Turning Point

Sharjah: 2 January 2014
Coach Walter Zenga thought that the missing of the penalty kick his team had at the start of the second half with the turning point in their match against Al Sharjah, this is when he was speaking about his team draw with Al Sharrjah during the post-match press conference.
Zenga started the conference by describing the match as good and thrilling, explaining that the two teams played good and for the 3 points; he admitted that his team is a little frustrated for accepting a late goal, but he stated that they will accept this result as Al Jazira used to win crucial points this season by scoring goals in the last seconds of their matches, like what happened with Al Wahda and Al Ahli recently.
The coach explained that the missing of the penalty by the team captain Ricardo Oliveira at the start of the second match turned the match around, and also the clear scoring chance that has been wasted by the same player gave Al Sharjah a huge moral boost and helped them to go back to the game and equalize the score later.
The Italian boss admitted that his team suffered to start the match as they want, but after the first 15 minutes his players reacted well and shared the ball possession with their hosts then they managed to reach their net in the first half and they were too close to score more goals in the second half, but they managed to put the ball behind Sharjah goalkeeper.
The coach justified his decision to keep Ali Mabkhout in the bench by revealing that the attacker was complaining from pain on his thigh back muscles, and also revealed that the time for his introduction to the match was so tight, and he wouldn’t be able to warm up correctly and he would by under the thread of complicating his injury, and that is a risk he will never take as a coach.
Zenga expressed his satisfaction about finishing the first half of the season in the third place, and said that the team did a great job during the last weeks of the league, by not losing any of their last matches though it was against strong and competitive teams like Al Ahli, Al Ain, Sharjah and Bani Yas.
The coach finished the conference by promising that the team will keep working hard and on daily basis to keep their feet in the right way to the top, and insisted that the natural place of Al Jazira is in the top and amongst the teams who compete for the titles.