Arab Cup: Qatar is the first to qualify, and Syria hits Tunisia – Al-Quds

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Doha, (AFP) – The host Qatar national team became the first to qualify from Group A to the quarter-finals of the tenth edition of the Arab Football Cup, after it achieved a fatal victory Friday, with a reverse goal against its Omani counterpart 2-1 at Education City Stadium, while it was repeated Mixing the cards of the second group, with the UAE’s 1-0 victory over Mauritania and Syria’s 2-0 victory over Tunisia, in the second round competitions, which witnessed a negative tie between Iraq and Bahrain.At a time when the first match was heading to a tie with goals by Akram Afif for Qatar (31 penalty kick) and Khaled Al Hajri for Oman (37), until the last seconds of the seventh minute calculated in stoppage time, Oman national team defender Durbin Fahmy scored an own goal after hitting him. The ball after a header from Al-Moez Ali to cross the goal line by centimeters, confirmed by the technology of the video assistant referee (VAR) (90 + 7).
Al Annabi became the first to qualify officially after raising his score to six points, guaranteeing the top of the group after an inaugural victory over Bahrain (1-0) against Iraq (two points), Oman and Bahrain (one point each).
In the last round on Monday, the Qatari team will meet with Iraq, while Bahrain will meet with Oman to determine the identity of the team that will join Qatar to the quarter-finals.

After the match, Croatian coach Branko Ivankovic questioned some of the arbitration decisions, saying that “the second goal is correct, as the ball crossed the line as I saw, but I think that the penalty kick that the Qatari team received was not correct at all.”
He continued, “I am also surprised that player No. 15 (Bassam Al-Rawi) was not expelled after deliberately hitting the elbow… In general, I cannot fail to congratulate the players on the performance, especially in the second half. It is the second match that turned against us in stoppage time, as we tied with Iraq and lost against Qatar in a scenario.” It is inexplicable, and I cannot blame the players.”

In turn, Spanish coach Felix Sanchez considered that the victory “was very important…a late goal that gave us the three points, qualification and the top of the group. It was a difficult match as we expected, the Omani team presented a different second half and created problems for us.”
The Syrian team overturned the scales of Group B with an important victory over its Tunisian counterpart 2-0 at Al Bayt Stadium, with two goals scored by Oliver Isaac Kaskaou (4) and Muhammad Anz (47).

Thus, Syria won the first three points in the tournament, equal with the Tunisian team.
The Syrians started the match strongly, and scored early, especially in the fourth minute, when Cascao snatched the ball and shot from afar, surprising goalkeeper Farouk bin Mustafa.
The Tunisian team failed to penetrate the Syrian defenses on more than one occasion.
Before the end of the first half, the Tunisian team lost the services of its player, Mohamed Ali Ben Ramadan, when he received a red card after hitting Anz in a joint ball.

As the Tunisians entered the second half in an effort to return with the result, the Syrian shock came with a wonderful goal from Anz with a long-range shot, which gave a clear moral superiority to the Syrians.
Prior to that, the UAE took a big step towards the quarter-finals, after its deadly victory over Mauritania 1-0 in their first ever international match.
Substitute Khalil Al Hammadi scored the UAE’s only goal in the third minute of calculated time instead of lost.
The UAE, which won its second successive victory after the first against Syria 2-1, raised its score to 6 points at the top of Group B.

The UAE will meet Tunisia in the last round on Monday, while Syria will face the Mauritanian team.
For its part, Mauritania failed to get its first point in the Arab Cup, after it had lost against Bahrain and Iraq with the same score, 0-2, during its previous participation in the 1995 edition, and against Tunisia 1-5 in the first round of the current edition.
The Emirates, despite their clear control over the first half, waited until the last eight minutes to create the danger, but they collided with the remarkable brilliance of Mauritania goalkeeper Mbaki Ndayi.

In the second half, the Emirati control continued, and Ali Saleh scored one of the most beautiful goals of the tournament after a cross from Al Ahbabi, which Mabkhout headed to the Al Wasl wing, before the referee canceled the goal after returning to the video assistant referee (VAR) technique for offside (70).
The Dutch coach, Bert van Marwijk, who was playing his 100th match with the national teams since he led his country for the first time in 2008, made several substitutions, and luck smiled on one of his replacements, Khalil Al Hammadi, who benefited from Tahnoun Al Zaabi’s cross and tapped the ball into the net (90 +3).

Al Hammadi said, “When I was warming up, the coach asked me to play my usual way of penetrating and sending crosses, and I am proud that I scored the winning goal.”
A disappointing negative draw decided the confrontation of Iraq and Bahrain at Al Thumama Stadium.
This is Bahrain’s third tie against Iraq, led by Portuguese Heliwa Sousa, who won two victories over the “Lions of Mesopotamia”.
“We played conservatively in the first third of the match and then entered the atmosphere of the match, and we were the most dangerous and best in the course of the match, but we suffered from physical effort in the last ten minutes, and it seemed clear to our players fatigue, and more than one player was You need to switch after you run out of substitutions.”

And about the team’s inability to win in the last nine matches, “We have to be positive, we need one to two ready players from the playmakers, and here I do not want to criticize anyone with all my respect for all the clubs in Iraq,” referring to the clubs’ inability to From the introduction of such players.
The Iraqi Federation assigned Petrovic (the assistant coach in the technical staff) to lead the training of the Iraqi national team, succeeding the former Dutch coach, Dick Advocaat, who resigned due to poor results days before the start of the Arab Cup.





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