Qatar Football AssociationNews
03.08.2016 3:05 in :

L’Alcudia, Spain: two first half goals enabled Spain to beat

Qatar 2-0 in their semi-final clash in the International under -20

Football Tournament in L’ Alcudia on Tuesday.

Backed by the home support of a Els Arcs Municipal Stadium; a

star-studded Spanish side came at Qatar from all angles with a

ravenous appetite, resulting in a series of attacking forays but

were stopped by an organized Qatari back-line which proved

reliable throughout the tournament.

Battling Costa Rica in a heated match less than 24 hours ago

proved costly for Qatar, as it was clear that the physical nature

of the previous match up had taken its toll on Oscar Cano’s


Subsequent to incisive rallies, Ruben Fernandez put the hosts

ahead in the 31st minute as he kept his cool while dribbling past

two Qatar defenders before smashing the ball past Qatar’s gloveman

Mohammed Al Bacri, who failed to negotiate the lofted shot.

Just four minutes later, Peru Nolaskoain doubled Spain’s lead

when he headed home Oscar Rodriguez’s corner.

In the second half, coach Oscar Cano ushered in four substitutes, but

little have changed as Spain held on to reach the final of August 4.

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 2014.

Qatar will also host the GCC U-19 championship in September.

Qatar line-up: Mohammed Al Bacri, Ahmed Al Minhali, Tarek

Salman, Bassam Hisham, Abdullah Abdulsalam, Hazem Ahmed,

Khalifa Al-Malki, Hussain Bahzad, Hassan Waleed, Nasser Abdulsalam

and Hassan Ahmed.

Substitutes: Mowafak Awad, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, Abdulrahman

Fahmi and Monkez Adi