Doha: Coach Nasser Al Johar felt fortune deserted his side as Saudi Arabia crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 following a 1-0 defeat by Jordan at Al Rayyan Stadium. Having lost 2-1 to Syria in their opening Group B game that led to the sacking of Jose Peserio Baha Abdul Rahman 42nd minute goal proved enough to condemn Saudi Arabia to a second successive defeat and an early exit.
In the tournament we were not lucky in the performance that we had and we were also not lucky in having full preparation. Al Johar insisted.
We were not lucky tonight but I believe we were good.
We controlled the first half and we dominated the game. In the second half we were always in the Jordan penalty box and we had three or four clear chances to score but we did not take them and at the end of the day this is football.
The former Al Nasr coach was satisfied with his side performance even though he felt they failed to convert their superiority into goals while at the same time claiming Jordan enjoyed a huge slice of luck with their winning strike.
The performance of the players was good tonight he added.
But in the two games that we played we were not lucky and tonight we played a good game and we had chances but we did not take advantage of our superiority.
Jordan were lucky today as the goal that we conceded went in by luck because the ball was meant to be a cross.
If we were bad we could have conceded two or three goals but we were the better side in the game.
Al Johar introduced striker Nassir Al Shamrani at half time in a bid to get back into the game but ultimately to no avail.
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