Qatar Football AssociationNational Teams | First Team
03.10.2018 14:09 in : &

DOHA: Qatar will play Iceland and Switzerland in two international friendlies later this year, the Qatar Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Qatar will take on Switzerland (ranked 8th in FIFA rankings) on November 14 in Switzerland.

The marrons will then travel to the Belgian city of Eupen to face Iceland on November 19, the first meeting between the two sides since striker Mohammed Muntari scored a late equalizer for Qatar in a 1-1 friendly draw last year.

After making a splash in their first foray into international football tournaments in Euro 2016; Iceland (ranked 36th in FIFA Rankings) made their first World Cup appearance last summer, but failed to progress beyond the challenging Group D, which saw them pitted against Croatia, Argentina and Nigeria .

The international friendly will serve as another episode of Qatar’s friendly series against top-50 ranked sides in the world.

Last month Qatar defeated China and Palestine in two friendlies held at Khalifa international Stadium.

Qatar will play two more friendly matches in October, against Ecuador on 12th in Doha and Uzbekistan four days later in Tashkent.

Coach Felix Sanchez will be looking to test his players against formidable opposition in a bid to form a powerful side in the build-up to the 2019 Asian Cup set to take place next January in the United Arab Emirates.

In the 2019 Asian Cup, Qatar will be playing against Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and North Korea in Group E.