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Bahrain coach Macala: we are playing to win

Bahrain coach Milan Macala has called on his players to fight for victory against Australia in tonight's World cup qualifier. The Czech-born manager has his team sitting in a precarious position of second bottom in Group A and need a win to be any chance of staying alive in the group.

"It will be very tough, but we need points, and I hope the players understand our situation and fight for the best result," Macala told a Press conference at the National Stadium in Riffa last night.

"We respect Australia, and we know that at this moment they are the best team in Asia. But we want to qualify.

"I think we are only fighting for third position in our group, so there is a chance. And if there is a chance, we must try our best.

"Our players are not afraid," Macala added.

"I think playing against a team like Australia gives them more motivation.

"We have experience in big games like this. For example, in our game against Japan, many of their players play abroad but we were able to beat them here. It's a similar situation.

"It is possible to beat Australia, but I hope that it does not come only once in every 10 years. It will be a very interesting game."

Andrew Slevison
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