Qatar, Atletico Madrid share 1-1 draw in friedly tourney
L’ Alcidia, Spain: Substitute Khalid Muneer took the plaudits as he
scored late in the second half to grant Qatar a 1-1 draw against Atletico
Madrid in the second round of Group B in the L’Alcúdia International
under-20 Football Tournament, at Els Arcs Municipal Stadium, L’ Alcudia.
Having lost their opening match to Chile; the draw revived Qatar’s hopes
of reaching the quarter-finals when they next take on Gunia Equatorial
Coached by former Qatar u-16 manager Oscar Fernandez, the Spaniards
dictated most of the exchanges throughout the first half, however, Qatar
were the first to pose a serious threat when striker Hassan Ahmed bizzarly
squandered a golden chance after being set up ny winger Abdulrashid
Umaro inside the six-yard box.
Cano Pekes opened the scoring for Atlético just tow minutes before halftime
when he headed home a Tony Vargs cross past Qatar keeper Ahmed Al Bakri.
For Qatar’s yongsters, despite glimpses of quality in the opening session, a heavily
dissimilar line up to the one that played Chile 24 hours prior had to wait until
the second half to shine, as the introduction of trio Abdulla Abdulsalam, Khalid
Muneer and Tarek Salman helped pace matters for Joao Pereira’s men, forcing
Atletico to retreat in a bid to withstand pressure, nonethless, Qatar were justly
rewarded the equalizer just seven minutes before the final whistle when a defensive
blunder saw goalie San Roman fumble the ball right towards the right foot of Khalid
Muneer who smashed the ball into the back of the net.
The Torneo Internacional de Fútbol Sub-20 de L’Alcúdia (L’Alcúdia
International Under-20 Football Tournament), better known as
COTIF, is an annual international invitational football competition
for youth teams, open to both clubs and national and autonomous
teams, held in L’Alcúdia, Valencia since 1984.
Qatar features in Group A alongside Chile, Guinea Equatorial
and Spanish club Atliteco Madrid.
Qatar is preparing for the GCC U-19 tournament set to take place in
September, as well as the AFC qualification group in October.
The boys in maroon have already conducted a training camp in Turkey
besides playing friendly games against Levante and Villarreal CF.
The Qatar squad will continue their preparations following their
return to Doha, Qatar Football Association said on Sunday.
Qatar line-up:1 Mohammed; 5 Bassam (8 Addullah, m. 16), 6
Khalid, 7 Abdulrahman (10 Muneer), 9 Hassan, 12 Khalifa, 14
Meshaal (4 Tarek, m. 28), 15 Hussain (3 Ilys, m. 36 TA), 17
Abdulrasheed (11 Mubarak, m. 36), 18 Ahmed (20 Moustafa, m. 36)
Atlético Madrid line-up:13 San Román; 4 Toni, 8 Toni Vargas, 10
Spoljaric (6 Gómez Da Costa, m. 52), 11 Juan Moreno, 15 Perea, 16
Pekes (19 Ángel Torres, m. 52), 17 Nacho (9 Jaime Almagro, m. 52), 18
Keidi Bare (7 Rubén Fernández, m. 52), 20 Muñoz y 21 Daniel Hernández.