Qatar outclass Costa Rica, reach C.O.T.I.F tournament semis
L’ Alcudia, Spain: Substitute Hazem Ahmed took the plaudits as he
scored a goal and provided the assist for another to grant Qatar a
2-0 victory against Costa Rica in the third round of Group B in the
L ’Alcúdia International under-20 Football Tournament, at Els Arcs
Municipal Stadium, L’ Alcudia.
The win secured Qatar a place in the semi-final alongside group
Other teams in the group include Mexico, Costa Rica and Morocco.
Qatar will tomorrow take on hosts Spain in the semi-final, while
Argentina and Venezuela lock horns for a place in the final.
For Qatar, any result short of a win meant the Oscar Cano boys
would head home earlier than expected, but they were tested
at the back in just the sixth minute when goalie Mohammed Al
Bacri palmed a long range shot away from goal.
However, Cano’s side responded well though with Tarek Salman
firing a long range shot wide, before striker Hassan Ahmed failed
to connect with an attempted shot with the Costa Rica goal gaping.
Qatar continued to cause a threat as the opening half drew to a close
and they were inches away from opening the score when Abdulrasheed
Ibrahim crossed low towards Hassan Ahmed who glazed the ball with
the boot studs away from the left post.
After the interval, the Qataris continued to press and it was Abdulrasheed
replacement, Hazem Ahmed, who broke the deadlock on 52 minutes, precisely
finishing Tarek Salman’s inch-perfect pass past the keeper for Qatar’s first
goal in the tournament.
Just three minutes later, Qatar’s main striker Hassan Ahmed put the game
beyond Costa Rica’s reach, Hazem produced another moment of brilliance
as he toyed with two defenders before setting up Hassan Ahmed with a
Qatar is featuring in the event to prepare for this year’s AFC U-20 Asian
Cup to be held in Bahrain in October.
Qatar are the defending champions.
Qatar line-up: Qatar Line- up: Mohammed Al Bacri (GK), Khalifa Al
Malki, Bassam Hisham, Abdullah Abdulsalam, Hassan Ahmed, Hassan
Waleed, Mohammed Al Minhali, Hussien Bahzad, Tarek Salman, Khalid
Muneer and Abdulrasheed Ibrahim
Substitutes: Adel Badr, Hazem Ahmed, Monkez Adi, Sayed Hassan and