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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Qatar Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Boudiaf, Hassan & Musa score in win over Hong Kong
"Qatar remained top of Group C in the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers after beating Hong Kong 3-2 at the Mongkok Stadium on Tuesday. The visitors broke the deadlock when Karim Boudiaf put the regining Gulf champions in front 22 minutes into the the top-of-the-table encounter, a lead that Qatar held going into the half-time break. Abdelkarim Hassan duly doubled the advantage on 62 minutes before Mohamed Musa scored with six minutes left to play as it looked as though Jose Carreno’s side would be returning to Qatar with after a comfortable 3-0 win.Hong Kong, however, registered two goals just before full time through Bai He (87’) and Godfred Karikari (89’)." - AFC

September 3, 2015 - kicks aplenty in win over Bhutan
"Qatar went second in Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers on Thursday thanks to a crushing 15-0 win over Bhutan. No fewer than eight players scored for the Qataris who now have six points from their two games, one less than table-topping Hong Kong who had earlier drawn 0-0 away in China. On what would prove to be a long night for the Bhutanese, Mohammed Musa opened the scoring in the eighth minute, before Mohammed Kasola, Ali Assadalla, Hassan Khalid and Musa again handed Qatar a 5-0 lead with less than 30 minutes played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Mohammed Muntari was quick to get in on the act with goals in the 38th and 41st minutes, while Assadalla added his second of the game on the stroke of half-time. Muntari started the second period where he left off in the first, by notching his hat-trick on 48 minutes ahead of strikes from Akram Afif and Boualem Khoukhi. Assadalla completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour mark, while further goals from Khoukhi, Ismaeel Mohammad and Khalid drew the game to a close." - AFC

June 11, 2015 -  Ahmed Mohamed El Sayed scores late winner over Maldives
"Qatar left it late to pick up all three points from their opening match in Group C of the second round of joint qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts scoring the winner against the Maldives deep into second-half stoppage time. The match at the at the Ramsee Dhandu National Stadium seemed destained for a goalless draw until Ahmed Mohamed El Sayed struck nine minutes into time added on by Japanese referee Yudai Yamamoto at the end of the second period." - AFC

May 31, 2015 - Karim Boudiaf scores equalizer in draw with Northern Ireland
"A superb strike from substitute Karim Boudiaf earned Qatar a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland at Gretsy Road on Sunday. Michael O'Neill's side had looked set to warm up for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania with a friendly win thanks to Stuart Dallas, with the Brentford winger firing home after Niall McGinn's cross was flicked on at the front post by Will Grigg.... And he was punished for his profligacy after 70 minutes, as Boudiaf levelled the scores with a curling effort from long range. The ball broke kindly to the Lekhwiya midfielder, and his first-time shot beat goalkeeper Michael McGovern before dipping into the net." - Goal

March 30, 2015 - Abdulkarim Hassan scores in win over Slovenia
"Qatar claimed their second friendly scalp in a matter of three days when they beat Slovenia 1-0 at the Lekhwiya Stadium yesterday. A 46th-minute goal from Abdulkarim Hassan was enough to give the hosts their second consecutive victory as they gear up for the World Cup qualifiers beginning in June.... Qatar, however, were not to be denied for long as they struck in the very first minute after half-time, with Hassan’s measured shot from the left side following a string of meaningless exchanges in the penalty area beating Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak all ends up." - Gulf Times

March 26, 2015 - Ali Assadalla scores in win over Algeria
"Algeria lost their first game since their disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign, going down tamely 1-0 to Qatar in a friendly in Doha on Thursday. A superb 32nd minute goal from Ali Assadalla proved the difference between the two sides. The midfielder picked up the ball 35 yards from goal, before embarking on a jinking run, beating several Algerian plyers before calmly finishing in the game's stand out individual moment." - SuperSport

January 6, 2015 - Majid, Abdullah & Khoukhi score in win over Team Wellington
Qatar finalised their AFC Asian Cup preparations with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Team Wellington in Canberra on Monday. Played in wet and windy conditions, the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations champions took a 2-0 lead before half-time thanks to goals from Ibrahim Majid and Meshal Abdullah. Team Wellington, who play in New Zealand's top-flight, reduced the deficit after the break through prolific star Michael Gwyther, before the AFC Asian Cup contenders hit back when Boualem Khoukhi finished some excellent approach play with a polished volley to confirm his side's 3-1 victory." - AFC

December 27, 2014 - Muntari, Karim & Ismail score in win over Estonia
Qatar downed Estonia 3-0 in a warm-up game for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games. Mohammad Muntari, Abdul Karim and Mohammad Ismail each scored to put the match beyond Estonia’s reach." - Gulf News

December 22, 2014 - roster updates 
"2014 Gulf Cup of Nations champions Qatar have a selected a wealth of youth to give them the best chance of success at January’s AFC Asian Cup. The most notable omission from the squad was veteran captain Sebastian Soria who earlier this year recorded his 100th cap. New additions include Lekhwiya SC striker Mohammad Tresor Abdullah and in-form midfielder Mohammad Muntari of El-Jaish SC who will be hoping to impress on the big stage in January." - AFC Asian Cup 

November 26, 2014 - Al Annabi & Boualem Khouki score in win over Saudi Arabia 
"Qatar came from behind to win the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations with a 2-1 triumph over hosts Saudi Arabia in Wednesday’s final at the King Fahd International Stadium. It was the Saudis who had taken the lead in the 16th minute when captain Saud Kariri was left unmarked inside the area to meet Nawaf Al Abid’s corner and nod the ball beyond Qasem Burhan’s despairing dive and into the far corner. However, Al Annabi equalised just two minutes in similar fashion as Almahdi Ali Mukhtar climbed highest amidst a sea of players and steered his header into the back of the net, after being picked out by Hassan Al Haidous’ corner. And two minutes before the hour mark, the Qataris went on to claim the victory after opposition defender Abdullah Al Dawsari – in a bid to clear a dangerous freekick by Al Haidous – could only head the ball as far as to Boualem Khouki, who met it with a sweetly-struck volley that flew past Waleed Abdullah to win it for his side. The triumph was Qatar’s third Gulf Cup title following their successes in 1992 and 2004, and was the second major championship they have won this year after being crowned champions of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship back in January." - AFC Asian Cup 

November 23, 2014 - Haidous, Musalami & Assadalla score in win over Oman 
"Qatar booked their place in the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations final after coming from behind to beat Oman 3-1 in Sunday’s semi-final clash at the King Fahd International Stadium. It was Oman who took the lead in the 26th minute when a poor defensive header by Meshal Abdullah saw him clear the ball only as far as to Raed Ibrahim Saleh, who lashed an unstoppable volley past Qasem Burhan. But the Qataris were handed a golden opportunity to pull level ten minutes later when Meshal was adjudged to have been brought down inside the area by Ali Al Habsi, and Hassan Al Haidous made no mistake in stepping up to the spot and blasting the equaliser straight down the middle. A minute before the hour mark, Al Annabi edged ahead when Ali Assadalla’s low shot was deflected by Mohammed Al Musalami into the back of the net, after Ahmed Mubarak had sent an awful clearance straight to his opponent. And they went on to secure the win in the 67th minute by grabbing a third goal after Meshal’s initial shot had come back off the foot of the post; Assadalla pouncing on the rebound and sending a looping effort over a stranded Al Habsi." - AFC 

November 6, 2014 - Ilyas, Khoukhi & Hassan score in win over DPR Korea
"An undermanned Qatari side has defeated DPR Korea 3-1 to give them their fourth successive victory. Without stars Sebastian Soria and Khalfan Ibrahim, who was ruled out following an injury in his side’s training camp, Qatar scored three second half goals to continue their impressive recent form. Abdulqadir Ilyas got the opening goal just after the half-time break before Boualem Khoukhi doubled his side’s lead just two minutes later. Abdelkarim Hassan made it three goals in under ten minutes before Jang Song-hyok scored form the penalty spot for the Koreans." - AFC

October 14, 2014 - Khalfan Ibrahim scores in win over Australia
"Khalfan Ibrahim grabbed the only goal as Qatar beat Australia 1-0 to leave the latter with much to ponder ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.... Khalfan struck in the 61st minute, springing an offside trap to latch on to a pass from Sebastian Soria and slot a low finish beyond Adam Federici." - Sportal

October 9, 2014 - Meshaal Abdullah scores brace in win over Lebanon
"Seasoned striker Meshaal Abdullah netted a brace as Qatar defeated Lebanon 5-0 in an international friendly at the Lekhwiya Stadium on Thursday. The Ahli forward opened the account in the 30th minute to give the hosts a one-goal cushion at half-time. He found the target a second time in 59th and Ahmed Maksoud added another a minute later, as Qatar virtually killed the game by the hour mark. Lekhwiya midfielder Hussein Ali Shihab made the most of a defensive blunder to slot home in the 75th while defender Abdulrahman Akbar completed the rout by heading home a corner in the 84th." - Doha Stadium Plus

October 6, 2014 - Sori, Haydos & Mubarak score in win over Uzbekistan
"Qatar cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Uzbekistan in a friendly match at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on Monday. Sebastian Soria celebrated his 100th international cap by scoring the opening goal of the game in the 18th minute with a simple tap in from close range after a perfect low cross from Mosaab Mahmoud. The 30-year-old Lekhwiya striker is the fifth Qatari player to join the centenary club after Bilal Mohamed, Jassim Al Tamimi, Wesam Rizik and Adel Khamis. Hassan Al Haydos doubled the score two minutes from the break with a wonderful long range effort, before substitute Meshaal Mubarak turned in Mohamed Moussa’s cross in the 67th minute to take the game beyond the visitors." - Football Qatar

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