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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Qatar beat Japan to top group

A late goal from Magdi Sdeeq gave Qatar a precious 2-1 victory over Japan in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the Football Competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Qatar is now on top of group C with 7 points and a goal difference of +1, same as Japan but the later scored less number of goals.

The game which was hosted by Al Sadd Stadium In The capital Doha, saw Japan Taking the lead in the 43rd minute through Naoaki Aoyama.

But the hosts drew level in the 77th minute with a brilliant back heel from Hassan Al Haidoos. It was the first Olympic team appearance for the young Sadd Player who is regarded by many in Qatar as the next big thing.

In the last minute of the game, Qatar was awarded a penalty for a handball against a Japanese defender, which team captain Magdi Sdeeq took successfully to give his side a vital 3 points and increase his overall goals tally in the qualifiers to four.

In the other group C game Saudi Arabia beat Vietnam thanks to two goals from Yousef Salem inside the last 10 minutes of the game, to raise their tally to 5 points and revive their hopes of qualifying.

In the next round on November the 17th, Saudi Arabia hosts Qatar while Japan travels to Vietnam, before the qualifiers concludes 4 days later with Qatar taking on Vietnam in Doha while Saudi Arabia Faces Japan in Tokyo.

Qatar qualified twice before to the Football Competition at the Olympic games, Their first attempt saw them reaching the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where they went out of first round.

Their 2nd outing was in Barcelona 1992 where they went out in the Quarter finals by the eventual silver medal winners Poland.

Fossati Announces final squad for Sri Lanka match


Qatar national team coach Jorge Fossati announced Today the final squad that will face Sri Lanka on Sunday, in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers opening round for the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

The game will be the first official test for the Uruguayan coach who was appointed in July as a replacement for Bosnian Jamaludin Musovic after the later failed to get the team past the first round of the Asian cup.

His local achievements with local Club Al Sadd during the last two seasons made him the most suitable candidate for the job. He also had a previous experience as coach of the Uruguayan national team.

Qatar have never qualified for the world cup Finals, but the current squad includes many of the talented players who formed the core of the 2006 Asian games gold medal winning team.

Squad List

Ragab Hamza (GK)
Hussien Al Rumihi (GK)
Abdulaziz Ali (GK)
Waleed Muhyaldin
Waheed Mohamed
Ahmed Dad
Wissam Rizq (MF)
Talal El Bloushi (MF)
Hamed Shami
Saad El Shmarri
Faheed El Shmarri
Mostafa Abduallah
Mogtaba sayed Jaffar
Salman Msabah
Abdulrahaman Msabah
Mugeeb Hamed
Waleed Hamza (FW)
Sebastian Suria (FW)
Sayed Ali Al Basheer (FW)