The UAE Beach Soccer National Team defeated Hungarian counterpart 5-3 in a friendly match, held Sunday 13th Jan. 2013 at Al-Mamzar Park.
The match was the second for the UAE National Team vs. Hungarian counterpart, as we lost first friendly match 3-4, Saturday 12th 2013.
Both matches are part of the UAE National Team's preparations to join Asian competitions, qualifying to Beach Soccer World Cup Finals (Tahiti – 2013).
The UAE’s victory over the Hungarian counterpart in the second friendly match was attained in succession of a competitive game. In first half, UAE scored three goals via Ali Karim, Rami Al-Masabi & Hassan Ali. The UAE’s goalkeeper, Obaid Thani, scored the fourth goal within the start of the second half. The Hungarian Team scored a goal 4-1. Rami Al-Masaabi scored fifth goal for UAE. However, Yousuf Saeed was sent out via red card and UAE’s performance was accordingly retreated enabling Hungarian Team to reduce the gap 5-3.
It is worth-mentioning that the UAE National Team lost first friendly match 3-4. UAE scored early two goals during the first half via Rami Al-Masaabi & Hassan Ali, while Hungarian Team scored two goals in the second half to make it a draw 2-2. UAE scored a third goal and missed several other chances. The Hungarian counterpart exploited players' experiences adding two goals – final result 3-4.
The UAE Beach Soccer National Team’s coach, Mr. Marcello Mandez, expressed satisfaction toward UAE’s performance in both friendly matches.
He stated: “I am extremely satisfied with my team’s performance during both matches. We have checked our players’ readiness before contesting the Asian competitions qualifying to Beach Soccer World Cup (Tahiti 2013), taking into account that we have already participated in several finals (Rio De Janeiro 2007 / Marseille 2008 / Dubai 2009) ”.
He added: “We preferred to play vs. Hungarian National Team because of the high technical level of the Hungarian players. According to both matches, I have selected final players’ list to join Doha's competition”.
The UAE National Team is decided to conclude the internal camp Wednesday 16th Jan. 2013 before leaving to Doha Thursday 17th Jan. 2013 to contest the Asian Competition, scheduled from 22nd to 26th Jan. 2013. The UAE Team is also decided to play another friendly match vs. Iraq National Team Friday 18th Jan. 2013 at Doha.