Qatar, Mexico share goalless draw
L’Alcudia, Spain: Qatar juniors played out a goalless draw against
Mexico in the second round of Group B in the L’Alcúdia International
under-20 Football Tournament, at Els Arcs Municipal Stadium,
Having lost their opening match to Argentina; the draw revived Qatar’s
hopes of reaching the semi-finals when they next take on Costa Rica on
Both sides mounted numerous challenge on each other’s goalposts but
neither team conceded a goal.
Disenchanted with a 0-0 draw in their previous game against Costa
Rica, the Mexicans dictated most of the exchanges throughout the
first half, however, Qatar were the first to pose a serious threat when
striker Hassan Ahmed squandered a golden chance after being set up
by Hazem Ahmed.
For Qatar’s youngsters, despite glimpses of quality in the opening
session, a heavily dissimilar line up to the one that played Argentina
24 hours prior had to wait until the second half to shine, as the introduction
of trio Abdulrahman Fahmi, Khalid Muneer and Adel Bader helped pace
matters for Oscar Cano’s men, forcing Mexico to retreat in a bid to withstand
pressure from a Qatar side that seldom allowed their opponents any time on
Abdulrahman Fahmi came the closest to score Qatar’s first goal of the tournament
as he dribbled his way past two defenders before striking the ball right onto
the body of the goalie, who had to swiftly run backwards to make the second save
just over the goal-line.
The Oscar Cano-coached Qatar side is currently preparing for the U-19 Asian
Cup to be held in Bahrain later this year.
Qatar are the defending champions, having won the previous edition in October
Qatar line-up: Ahmed Al Bacri (GK), Bassam Hisham, Ahmed Al Menhali, Tarek
Salman, Abdullah Abdulsalam ©, Hazem Ahmed, Khalifa Al Malki, Hussien
Bahzad, Hassan Ahmed, Hassan Waleed and Nasser Abdulsalam
Substitutes: Khalid Muneer, Adel Bader and Abdulrahman Fahmi