A valiant Guam has ended the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification with a 1-0 loss to Oman with only a controversial goal denying the Matao a share of the points.
Replays clearly showed a player in an offside position in the lead-up to Ahmed Al Mahajri’s 52nd minute goal and with that being the ultimate difference between the two teams, head coach Gary White felt the result was not entirely a justified one.
“What we showed not just tonight but throughout this campaign is that we belong at this level.”
“To have performed so well across the 90 minutes and then have a decision that was so blatantly wrong decide the game is a bitter pill to swallow.”
A frantic opening to the game saw both teams enjoy decent spells of possession with Guam’s Shane Malcolm striking the bar of former Premier League and current Reading FC goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi’s goal.
This was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock with the Matao continuing to show some intelligent and creative attacking combination play. Thereafter the visitors continued to have the better attacking moments although conceded more of the possession to the hosts as the sides went to the break with the score still locked at 0-0.....