AFC ASIAN CUP

Khalifa International Stadium

Referee: Abdullah Bashir | Attendance: 28339

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Qatar

  • Bilal Mohammed 11'
  • El Sayed Mohammed 17'
  • Fabio Cesar Montezine 86'

3 - 0

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Qatar through to quarters after easy win

Qatar booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after the tournament hosts comfortably beat Kuwait at Khalifa Stadium.

• Metsu daring to dream

Needing a win to seal their passage to the last eight, Bruno Metsu's side effectively ended the game as a contest with two goals inside the first 16 minutes by Bilal Mohammed and Mohamed El Sayed.

Fabio Cesar wrapped up the win with a third just before full-time.

The win means Qatar finish second in Group A with six points, one behind Uzbekistan who drew 2-2 with China in day's other game.

Backed by a crowd of over 28,000, Qatar started with aplomb as Sebastian Soria headed over in the second minute before Lawrence Quaye went close with a free-kick.

The stadium erupted in a cacophony of noise in the 11th minute as the hosts took the lead when Soria played the ball into the area and Mohammad rose to nod in at the far post.

It got even better for Qatar five minutes later. A superb raking pass from defence found El Sayed inside the area, his header was kept out by Kuwait keeper Nawaf Al Khaldi but Soria picked up the rebound and though his shot was blocked, El Sayed was on hand to launch a delightful curling effort into the back of the net.

Kuwait were hardly getting a look in and Walied Ali's harmless shot into the side-netting was the best they could muster in the opening 25 minutes.

The pace of the game greatly slowed down as the half wore on with noteworthy chances from either side few and far between before the break, although Ali forced Qatar keeper Qasem Burhan to save at his near post to maintain the two-goal lead.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first ended and it took until the 79th minute for either side to really threaten a goal as Kuwait's Ajab Alzemi headed wide from Wesam Rizik's cross.

But instead it was Qatar who wrapped up the win with a third four minutes from time when Soria was fouled on the edge of the area and Cesar stepped up to float the free-kick into the back of the net.

  • Metsu daring to dream

    Coach Bruno Metsu is daring to dream of the impossible after Qatar booked their place in the Asian Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Kuwait at Khalifa Stadium.

    "We will strive to get the trophy and it is our right to dream and as you know I am a big dreamer," said the Frenchman. "For us the Asian Cup starts now. It transfers from a mere accumulation of points to aiming for the trophy.

    "We have accomplished our task but our ambitions extend beyond that and it will be a great thing for all fans and players (if we can win the trophy)."

    The defeat for Kuwait brings to an end a disappointing tournament for the reigning Gulf Cup of Nations champions, who leave Doha without having picked up as single point. Defeats to China and then Uzbekistan meant Kuwait headed into the game against Qatar with a very slim chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

    But they appeared to lack the fight shown by Qatar and coach Goran Tufegdzic felt their first two defeats took their toll on his players.

    "After we lost the first match and then lost the second to Uzbekistan it was very difficult for our players," he said. "We did not have concentration and you saw in this match what happened as a result.

    "The spirit of the team after the two goals went down. They lost their energy and power and for sure they lost their spirit when we conceded."

  • Scoring Summary

    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
     

    Match Stats

    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
    0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
    0 Fouls 0
    0 Corner kicks 0
    0 Offsides 0
    0% Time of Possession 0%
    3 Yellow Cards 4
    0 Red Cards 0
    0 Saves 0

    Teams

    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
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