Pakistan and Tajikistan football teams reached Islamabad to play a high-voltage match in the capital at Pakistan Sports Complex's Jinnah Stadium on Tuesday for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Pakistan is playing the second match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers as in the first match, Saudi Arabia defeated Pakistan 4-0.
The football teams of Pakistan and Tajikistan will participate in the practice session today (Monday).
Saudi Arabia emerged victorious with a 4-0 win over Pakistan, but the Saudi team's head coach, Roberto Mancini, acknowledged Pakistan's impressive performance and progress in the post-match press conference.
Mancini emphasized the challenging nature of football, stating, "In the world of football, there is no easy match, and the Pakistani national team performed well."
Despite succumbing to a 4-0 defeat, the Pakistani team showcased resilience, particularly in defense, until the 50th minute when they conceded a penalty.
The Men in Green maintained their determination, holding their own against the fifth-best Asian team until Saudi Arabia scored two late goals in stoppage time.
Mancini, renowned for his coaching achievements, started his career with Fiorentina in the 2001/02 season, securing the 'Coppa Italia' in his debut season.