Qatar lose to Ivory Coast in Doha friendly
DOHA: After a feisty battle, hosts Qatar on Tuesday lost to IvoryCoast in
a friendly played at Lekhwiya Stadium.
The game was planned to give Qatar – coached by Felix Sanchez – ample
match practice ahead of the U23 Asian Cup to be played in Doha.
The only goal of the match was scored by Abdul Rahman Diarra in the
Qatar – who beat the UAE and Australia in their last two friendlies – brought
their A game to the pitch.
The home team dominated play in phases but failed to convert half chances
in their favour.
With the absence of trio Abdul Karim Hassan, Akram Afif and Ali Asad – who
all started for Qatar in a 3-0 victory over Bhutan in a World Cup
qualifier – coach Sanchez ringed changes to give his players match
Qatar will be playing more friendly games in the coming weeks as they
prepare for the U23 Asian Cup in January.
Qatar is eyeing the 2016 Olympic Games berth by finishing in the top
three of the prestigious home event.