HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 16 (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates struck in stoppage time through Faisal Khalil to beat Qatar 2-1 in Asian Cup Group B on Monday.
Qatar needed victory to reach the quarter-finals after
drawing their games against Japan and co-hosts Vietnam, and
defeat left them bottom of the standings.
Qatar coach Dzemaludin Musovic remained upbeat, saying his
young team could be successful in the future.
"Now it is not easy to analyse the reasons, it was a
delicate situation...they (UAE) had new players, it was
difficult," he told reporters.
United Arab Emirates, out of contention after losing to
Japan and Vietnam, leapt above Qatar into third place.
Qatar had looked to be on their way into the last eight
when Uruguay-born striker Sebastian Quintana converted a
penalty three minutes before halftime.
Quintana, who scored against both Japan and Vietnam, won
the spot-kick himself and stepped up to stroke the ball home.
The referee ordered him to retake the penalty because Qatar
players had encroached into the area and Quintana smashed his
second effort into the roof of the net.
UAE went on the attack after the interval and were rewarded
on 59 minutes when striker Saeed Alkas headed home a cross.
They continued to enjoy the bulk of possession and the
pressure told deep into stoppage time when Ismail Mataar's free
kick was headed into the net by Khalil following a deflection.