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Zenga: This Win is Important and Well-Deserved

News 16 April 2014
Al Jazira coach Walter Zenga praised the fighting spirit of his players as the United Arab Emirates side came from behind to beat Al Rayyan of Qatar 3-2 on Wednesday to secure their spot in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League.
“It is an important win for us and we deserved to have such a good victory,” said Zenga. “Our players continued to fight throughout the match and until the last minute until they got the victory which is so important for us.
“We knew that Al Rayyan would be playing with good fighting spirit and that is what happened. The two sides tried their best to take advantage of the chances that they had but we had better determination to win and get the three points.”
The defeat ended Al Rayyan’s hopes of progression and added to the woes of the Qatari club after they were relegated from the Qatar Stars League last week.  
“We tried our best to give a better performance tonight,” said Al Rayyan coach Manuel Jimenez. “Our players showed good fighting spirit and this is the most important thing for us especially after the condition that we were in recently.
“We put some pressure on Al Jazira at different times of the match and we managed to make a good comeback. I believe our team didn’t deserve to lose but the third goal came in the dying minutes of the match due to lack of concentration.”