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Ismaily can qualify for quarter-finals, insists Janevski after Constantine draw

Ismaily can qualify for quarter-finals, insists Janevski after Constantine draw


Ismaily boss insists his side can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite picking up one point from their opening three games.

Janevski’s men sit six points behind and TP Mazembe, who occupy the qualification places, three games before the end of the group-stages.

The Ismailia-based side opened their group with a 2-0 away loss to Congolese giants TP Mazembe, which was followed by a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Club African.

They were then disqualified from the competition following the fans’ riot in their club’s clash with the Tunisian side, however, the CAF decided to overturn their decision.

Ismaily’s first game back in the competition saw them hosting Algeria’s CS Constantine at Borg El-Arab, and despite Benson Shilongo putting the hosts 1-0 up in the 70th minute, they still failed to pick up their first win, conceding a last-minute own goal.

“Conceding a last-minute equaliser was very difficult for us, but I have to congratulate the players for their performance, they played well,” Janevski told beIN SPORTS.

“We knew that we had to pick up the three points, but we found it difficult to find space.

“In the second-half, our performance improved and we scored a deserved goal, however, we should have taken advantage of the chances we created.”

On the last minute equaliser, Janevski said: “I am shocked, we needed to concentrate at the end of the game.

Photo: Ismaily SC

“I still have hope, we should now focus on the upcoming game. There are still three games remaining in the group-stages.

“The poor pitch has affected my players’ performance, but I agree with Denis Lavagne [CS Constantine manager] that our next game will be played on a better pitch,” the Macedonian added.

Ismaily will travel to Algeria to face CS Constantine once again next week, with the Egyptian side needing to win their remaining three games to have any chance of qualifying from their group.

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