Oman Sports Events – 2021 World Cup Qualifiers
A memorable trip to Al Suwaidah in Oman has been arranged for FC Barcelona CF players under the management of Spain legend Ronaldinho. The visitors take on Al-Sultan bin Abdulrahman SC in their second World Cup Qualifying playoff in a fortnight. Already with two legs from three in the Champions League, this is the competition that has defined every qualifying campaign and Barcelona are looking towards the end of the season as favourites to lift the trophy. Ronaldinho knows that this team has a lot to go home and does not feel that there is any complacency amongst the side. “I think there will be more fire in the second leg than in the first,” he stated.
Tuesday’s opening game against Oman will certainly be a tough affair as Oman have never beaten Spain in their six previous meetings. This will be the first World Cup Qualifying match that Ronaldinho has ever managed and it will also be his first taste of European football since leaving AC Milan. He named an unchanged XI which also included forwards Xavi, Ginho and Villa. Blaugrana coach Gerardo Martino made the change of personnel without selecting a forward with any confidence having seen his team lose to Honduras in the opening round of fixtures. “We did not play our style of football today, we did not compete like we are used to. I cannot put my finger on why”, he said.
Tonight promises to be another tough fixture for Barca fans in the Nou Camp. Led by Jaish Said, Oman will put plenty of pressure on Barcelona as they look to take advantage of Al-Sultan bin Abdulrahman’s lack of form at the club. On paper, this is a very talented team, but they will need a lot of support from the hosts to succeed. The Omani football team boasts a number of players who impressed last year when qualifying for the Asia nations, including striker Abdulrahman Al Sudhban. For those who missed out, they hope that tonight will bring a positive performance, but they must not forget what happened in February.
Tonight is a chance for Oman to prove themselves to the Spanish footballing world. If Group C finish above Group D, then only holders Inter Milan can gain an automatic qualification from Spain. Should Group C win their pool two and Group D fail to win theirs, then the two will finish third and fourth respectively. Tonight’s clash is likely to be fierce with both sides looking to win for only the second time in five years. Group C started well in the campaign but lost three of their opening seven games before cruising to a three-game winning streak which has included wins over Albicelenga and Vitoria Guimaraes.
Oman’s football team started well in the first half against Albicelenga before being outclassed 2-0 at Vitoria Guimaraes and being undone by a brace from Vitoria. Group C will hope to bounce back from these difficult experiences and exert pressure on Group D leaders Inter Milan before flying to Brazil for next year’s World Cup finals. World Cup qualification is now back in the air and Oman should be able to win at Al-Suwaiq Stadium tomorrow.
Al-Suwaiq Stadium is one of the largest sports facilities in the Arab World and it is an opportunity to watch a world-class sport in the best possible conditions. If Group C wins their games against Group D, Group F will no longer be favourites but potential underdogs and if Inter Milan loses their games against Albicelenga and Vitoria, then Oman will have strengthened their hand greatly. This is a chance for the fans to get behind their team and see them win the game for a prize that they will dearly hope will be shared by their country.