U16s crush Bhutan, qualify for AFC Championship
Doha: Qatar boys saved their best for last to thrash Bhutan 11-0 and edge Yemen on goal difference as they emerged Group E winners of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers on Sunday.
Qatar and Yemen, who beat Bangladesh 3-0 earlier on Sunday, both finished on seven points.
After leading through Rashid Abdulaziz Al Abdulla’s eighth-minute goal and penalty conversions from Mubark Shanan Hamza (36th) and Mohamed Salem Al Quraishi (44th), Qatar flexed their muscles in the second half to seal an emphatic win.
Abdulaziz Fahad Al Naimi and captain Mahdi Salem Al Mejaba found the back of the net in the 49th and 53rd minutes respectively.
Al Quraishi scored his second four minutes later, while Al Abdulla completed his hat-trick with back-to-back goals in the 65th and 68th minutes.
Defender Hassan Mohamed Al Ghareeb got into the goalscoring action five minutes later, before Mobark scored from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.
And substitute Abdulrahman Al Dosari’s goal three minutes into added ensured the 1990 champions their 11th appearance in the Finals.