Saudi Arabia coach: ‘We caused Australia to collapse’
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Saudi Arabia coach: ‘We caused Australia to collapse’

Coach Al-Sehri answered the media at the press conference after the Saudi ArabiaAustralia match on June 15.

`The opponent is very strong, but with the tactic of constantly applying pressure at high altitude, we created a lot of difficulties and caused Australia to collapse,` the Saudi Arabia coach said at the press conference after the match at Pakhtakor Stadium.

Saudi Arabia entered the game slowly, repelling some of Australia’s speedy attacks.

The advantage combined with being able to play better than others from the 39th minute, after Australian midfielder Jay Rich-Baghuelou received a red card for fouling Ayman Yahya, helped Saudi Arabia control the match.

Saudi Arabia coach: 'We caused Australia to collapse'

Center forward Al-Buraikan (No. 9) actively moved and stretched the Australian defense, creating conditions for his teammates to score and win for Saudi Arabia.

During the whole match, Saudi Arabia only allowed Australia to finish six times.

`We just tried to defend as focused as possible. And that effort paid off, with help from Allah,` the 42-year-old coach answered about the secret to keeping a clean sheet.

Victory over Australia brought Saudi Arabia into the U23 Asian final for the third time.

In the final match taking place on June 19, Saudi Arabia will play host Uzbekistan – the team that won 2-0 against Japan in the other semi-final.

Saudi Arabia coach: 'We caused Australia to collapse'

Australia 0-2 Saudi Arabia

Main developments in the match Saudi Arabia 2-0 Australia on June 15.

Meanwhile, coach Trevor Morgan was disappointed with the way Australia lost the match.

The 0-2 defeat prevented Australia from progressing further than the semi-finals at the U23 Asian Championship.

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