Arad, Bahrain: Qatar defeated Bangladesh 3-0 to make it three consecutive wins, while Bahrain earned a tough 2-1 win over Bhutan in Group B of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Qualifiers at the Sheikh Ali Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Friday.
Qatar have a two-point lead over Bahrain, with the two teams to face off on Sunday to decide the group winners.
Ahmed Alrawi starred with a hat-trick as Qatar defeated Bangladesh 3-0 to stay perfect.
Qatar, who defeated Nepal and Bhutan in their earlier games, dominated the first half with Alrawi finding the target in the 22nd minute.
The Al Rayyan SC defender doubled Qatar’s tally at the hour mark before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of added time.
It proved to be tough but Bahrain ultimately secured a 2-1 win over Bhutan to set up a must-win encounter against Qatar on Sunday when the two gulf nations face off in the group decider.