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Al Gharafa 5-1 Piroozi

26 April 2009 No Comment

Source: www.the-afc.com

Al Gharafa coach Marcos Paqueta could barely contain his delight after watching his side annihilate Piroozi 5-1 at Al Gharafa Stadium.

Araujo proved the hero with a hat-trick as the recently-crowned Qatar league champions hauled themselves firmly back into contention in Group B for a place in the knockout stage.

It was also sweet revenge for Paqueta after the 3-1 defeat against the same side at the Azadi Stadium last month.

“It is a memorable day for Al Gharafa,” he said.

“We played a great match against a very good side. We wanted a positive result from this match but this is even better. I think we finally got the balance right in our team. I congratulate the team on this great performance.

“We are trying to improve in every match. That is because my players are motivated to do well (after winning the Qatar League).”

Paqueta also revealed he had told his players to focus on the task in hand and they responded in fine style.

“We had a couple of injuries but we started with our best 11. I had told my players to stop celebrating (the victory in the Qatar Stars League) as we have important matches coming up,” he added.

“We are playing the AFC Champions League so this is a very important tournament for us. This is Asia’s best football tournament.”

Piroozi coach Nelo Vingada, meanwhile, had no complaints about the result, admitting his team had been outclassed.

“Al Gharafa played really well,” he said.

“They showed why they are the champions. We beat them 3-1 at the Azadi Stadium so we came here looking for three points. We couldn’t do it, we remember how they fought till the last minute in the first match.”

The result means Al Shabab and Piroozi are level at the top of Group B on seven points apiece but with Al Gharafa now just one behind, the race for the two places in the knockout phase is wide open.

Vingada, though, was only looking as far as their next encounter against Al Shabab.

We are only taking one match at a time. There are many important matches left so we can’t start thinking about matches that will be played later.

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