AFC Under-19 Football Championship: Qatar ride on Al Sadi's brace as Oman exit.
Muscat: Ahmed Al Sadi's brace helped Qatar beat Oman and advance to the AFC Under-19 Championship quarterfinals as the toppers of Group D. According to the news posted on the AFC website, Qatar's progress was rather comfortable at the Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium on Tuesday, as 2012 finalists Iraq crashed out in Nay Pyi Taw, losing 2-1 to North Korea. Having scored the equaliser against Iraq in their 1-1 draw on Matchday Two, Al Sadi was once more the catalyst for Qatar's fine display, and after winning and converting a penalty to give his side the lead two minutes shy of the hour-mark, he was on target again less than 10 minutes later for his tournament-leading fourth goal of the competition. The result means Qatar will now face Group C runners-up China on Friday to compete for a place in the semifinals, while North Korea will face Group C winners and East Asian rivals Japan. "Obviously it was a final for all four teams today, with us all having a chance to qualify and my players looked a little nervous at the beginning," said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez. Playing their third game in five days, both teams looked to conserve their first half energy on a hot and humid afternoon in Yangon. Oman's only chance of the half came one minute from the interval when Hatem Al Rushadi put the ball well wide of the far post despite finding himself with time and space in the box. Oman's only other opportunity was when Al Khaldi, who in a crowded box, failed with his attempted bicycle kick from a corner, with the defeat confirming their elimination. "It has been a long time since we have been to these finals and today we entered our last group game with a chance of qualification for the quarterfinals," said Oman coach Rasheed Al Jaber. "But the team had a momentary lack of concentration that led to the penalty and after the second goal the game was finished because it was always going to be difficult to comeback." "We fought hard but Qatar are one of the better prepared teams at the tournament, they are very well organised and that shows in their style of play."
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|Publication:||Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)|
|Date:||Oct 14, 2014|
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