Baghdad Bounedjah was pleased to receive the Alibaba Cloud Match Award for his achievement in the 3-1 victory of Al Sadd against Hienghene Sport. The Algerian striker played an important role in the success, causing regular chaos in the New Caledonians’ defensive line and scoring the first goal of his team as he put Abdelkarim Hassan’s cross home.
In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com after the game, Bounedjah noted that the victory was fiercely contested despite predictions before the match. “We could have scored three goals in the first half, and then it would have been a different story, but luck was not on our side,” he said of the goal. “
Al Sadd put Hienghene Sport back in the game 1-1 but did not let their heads sink. “We did not doubt that we could win today because we controlled the game from start to finish,” said Bounedjah. “They got their goal from their only chance. We hit back and scored the second goal after missing more than five chances. We were able to finish the game in extra time. “
Al Sadd is now dedicated to the upcoming encounter with Monterrey, a team that can show a better pedigree on paper at least than the debutants from New Caledonia. “We focused on our first game against Hienghene,” said Bounedjah. “It’s over now and we’re in the second round, we’ll think about the Monterrey game.” We need to be more active if we want to beat them and move into the semi-finals. “
Return To His Form
Having scored almost two goals per game on the way to winning the title in April, Bounedjah explained why he was less productive than usual before the start of the season. “After the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, I immediately returned to training and did not rest well,” he said. “That’s why I did not score as many goals as last year, but I’m working hard to regain my best form.”
Bounedjah’s strike against Hienghene Sport could be their first goal at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 ™. Having recently played two caps for Algeria, Bounedjah hopes for a strong end to a year full of excellence. “I won the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said. “I also reached the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League, but we could not make it to the final.” I am now participating in the FIFA Club World Cup and can, therefore, say that 2019 was an exceptional year for me. “
When asked about Al Sadd’s goals in a tournament in Qatar at home, Bounedjah concluded, “We will do anything to win the title, and if we do that, it will be great. If not, we know that this is football. “