Thursday Dec 12, 2019. 11:00
Prolific Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah is delighted to have helped his Qatari side Al Sadd into the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup after as nervy 3-1 extra-time win over minnows Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia.
Bounedjah was named player of the match and scored the opener for his side as they were surprisingly forced into an additional 30 minutes by the Oceania outfit.
It was his first goal at the Club World Cup in his maiden appearance and continues his typically dominant form with Al Sadd that has seen him net 13 goals in 10 appearances for the side this season.
“We could’ve scored three in the first half,” Bounedjah fold FIFA.com. “And then it would’ve been a different story, but luck wasn’t on our side. We also missed some very easy chances due to lack of focus in front of goal.
“We didn’t doubt our ability to win today as we controlled the game from beginning to end. They got their goal from their only chance. We fought back and scored the second after missing more than five chances. We were able to kill the game in extra time.”
Al Sadd will now face Mexican side Monterrey in the second round, with the winner to meet Liverpool in the semifinals.