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October 13, 2016
DOHA: Striker Hassan Al Haydos emerged a national hero on Tuesday asQatar beat Syria 1-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
Al Haydos converted a penalty kick in the 37th minute as Qatar pickedup their first points in four Asian Zone qualifying matches.
The Asian Zone match was played at a packed Al Sadd Stadium.
Syria were clearly the defensive side and employed their famous‘defensive’ tactics.
In their first actual threatening move, Qatar striker Mohammed Kasolajumped high in the air but his snap-header flew past the Syriangoalmouth without causing any damage in the 19th minute.
In the 36th minute, striker Al Haydos dribbled past Moayad Al Ajan andcharged into the Syria box where Zaheera Al Medani brought down theQatar forward with a needless tackle.
The referee promptly pointed to the spot kick which was expertlyconverted by Al Haydos, aiming for the right of the Syrian goalkeeperIbrahim Alma.
It was Al Haydos’ second consecutive goal off a penalty kick. Hescored against Korea also last week.
Coach Fossati celebrated the goal with pumped fists.
After a string of hard tackles in the second half – when the home teamdominated the proceedings – Qatar held on to the slender lead to taketheir first points.
The Qatar players walked around the Al Sadd Stadium pitch to thanktheir fans for the support.
Qatar players will now return to their QSL sides.
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