Van Marwijk says that world cup qualification very quite a stir in Saudi Arabia
Bert van Marwijk was Tuesday night his luck after he had managed to get Saudi Arabia to the world cup next year in Russia to guide them.
“I have always said that an opportunity had”, recalling the Dutch national coach in interview with Voetbal International on his statements at the beginning of the kwalificatiecampagne.
Saudi Arabia had Tuesday with a 1-0 thuiszege on Japan is sufficient for the second place and thus a direct world cup ticket to secure.
Fahad Al-Muwallad crowned the hero of the nation by in the 63rd minute for the only goal of the match for his account.
Van Marwijk saw that his team was struggling against the poulewinnaar. “Japan was clearly to win and also got opportunities. After break we have it converted, and we are without striker play, with speed on the flanks”, explained the 65-year-old Deventer are change.
“That had an immediate effect. We had depth and threat and that resulted in the winning goal. Still it was really exciting because Japan is a very strong team.”
That Saudi-Arabia for the last time in 2006 when there was a world cup, makes the performance that his men in the past few months have delivered only more special, according to Van Marwijk.
“This makes so much los. This generation of players has long been criticized in their own country because they never have the same success brought. They have tonight with settled”, closed Van Marwijk proud.
Coach Van Marwijk qualifies with Saudi Arabia for world cup