Qatar Football AssociationNews
13.08.2015 5:44 in :

L’ Alcidia, Spain: Defender Juan Ventura’s last minute own goal

enabled Qatar to hold Guinea Equatorial 3-3 in their Group A match

in the L’Alcúdia International under-20 Football Tournament, at Els

Arcs Municipal Stadium, L’ Alcudia.

Having lost to Chile before drawing Atletico Madrid earlier in the

week ;Ventura’s goal helped Qatar to a crucial point in their final

group match in the twelve-team tournament. And now, Joao Pereira’s

men have to wait for the end of the group stage in hope of snatching

one of the two best third tickets to advance to the quarter-finals.

Subsequent to incisive rallies, Aitor Armarildo put Guinea Equatorial

ahead in the 18th minute as he latched onto a long pass and smashed it

past Qatar’s gloveman Yazan Naeim, who failed to negotiate the lofted


Guinea’s talented playmaker Pepin Diokombo added the second goal

on 32 minutes to send his team to the locker room with a two-goal lead.


In the second half, the Qataris poured forward, a swift goal through Mustafa

Abdulrahman just three minutes into play was adequate enough to disentangle

their African opponents, Qatar striker Ahmed Sayed was fouled inside the

penalty box just ten minutes later, and the resulting penalty was converted

by skipper Bassam Al Rawi.

With the game locked at 2-2, Khalid Muneer came close to giving Qatar

the lead on 54 minutes, however, the gifted winger saw his close range

shot cleared off the goal-line by defender Tony Marvin, who recompensed

for his role as the culprit in the penalty leading up to Qatar’s equalizer.

The wasted chance proved costly for Qatar, as Guinea regained their lead

minutes after; David Elizer’s looping volley from outside the box should

have been saved by Naiem, but the keeper was off his line and the ball found

its way into the back of the net.

With the Guineans overly prudent in fear of losing their lead for yet a second

time, Ahmed Sayed pierced down the left flank before sending a low cross

towards the six-yard box, unfortunately for Guinea, left back Juan Ventura

sent the ball into his own net in bizarre fashion.

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.