Qatar edge India to inch closer to China tourney

DOHA: Hosts Qatar on Friday beat India 1-0 to consolidate their chances of a direct entry in the AFC U-23 Championship in China.

The only goal of the match was scored byAl Moez Abdullah in the 54th minute at Al Sadd Stadium.

It was the second successive victory for Al Anabi in Group C of the AFC U-23 Qualifying Championship after their commanding win over Turkmenistan in their opening game on Wednesday.

The hosts, who are leading the group with 6 points, just need a draw against second-placed Syria (4 points) with both the teams scheduled to square off on Sundau at the same venue.

The team topping the group will qualify for the AFC U-23 Championship.

Striker Al Moez was hero for the home team as he broke the stalemate in the 54thminute of the match, taking full advantage of a mistake by Indian goalkeeper Vishal Kaith.

Kaith failed to block Ahmed Mohammed Al Qadi’s deflection from a long pass, leaving Al Moez Abdullah with just two defenders to beat and the striker made no mistake with a clinical strike.

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