Qatar beat Oman and qualifies for the Asian Cup
Qatar beat Oman 1-0 on Monday evening at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The match took place in the eighth round of Group E competitions in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Hassan Al Haydos scored the match’s only goal from a penalty in the 40th minute.
In fact, the Qatari national team is not quite concerned about the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It is the host, anyway. However, it became the third team to qualify for this round. Before, Syria qualified for the first group. Japan also qualified early for Group F.
Also, Qatar became the fourth team to book a place in the finals of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023. Syria (Group A), Japan (Group F), and China, the host country, preceded them.
Qatar national team achieved its sixth consecutive victory and seventh in the group. Thus, it raised its score at the top of Group E to 21 points from 8 matches. It is 9 points ahead of its closest rival, the second-placed Oman national team, which has played only six matches.
Qatar finished its group matches. whereas, Oman has two matches against Afghanistan next Friday, and against Bangladesh next Tuesday, 15th of June.
Qatar Beat Oman
The match between Qatar and Oman was of good quality since the outcome of the meeting largely determined the leader of the group, the holder of the direct qualification card to the Asian Cup finals, and the main qualifying role for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
The match was exciting in the first half, with an advantage for the Qatari team, which had the most attempts on goal. On the other hand, the Omani team relied more on closing its area. It also relied on counter-attacks, which posed a threat to Qatar’s goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb from time to time.
The two teams gathered in the midfield area and made mutual pressure to have the ball. This affected the offensive aspects that were limited to long balls from behind and free-kicks.
The last minutes of the first half witnessed the pressure of the Qatari team, hoping to snatch a goal to end the half. Al-Moez Ali was alone in the Omani goal area after a pass from Muhammad Muntari. But he shot it recklessly to pass far from the goal in the 35th minute.
After that, the Qatari team continued the pressure until Khouri Boualem managed to get a penalty kick. Hassan Al Haydos scored it beautifully to the left of the Omani goalkeeper.
The Omani team responded with some attempts to equalize. However, Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb managed to defend his goal. In particular, he saved Khaled Al-Hajri’s shot in the 45th minute.
In the second half, the two teams appeared better in terms of attack. The Omani team tried a lot to equalize, to no avail. The Qatar team’s defense with the goalkeeper behind performed well.
The two teams exchanged attacks and missed many opportunities that could have changed the result of the match completely. Also, the match became tense due to physical rush and rough play. This resulted in Qatar defender Khouri Boualem suffering a severe injury nine minutes from the end. Qatar had made the five changes at the time.
However, Oman players missed every opportunity they had to equalize. Goalkeeper Al-Sheeb also saved more than one chance.
Oman players complained a lot to the referee of the match and demanded a penalty kick on more than one occasion. Furthermore, the Oman team managed to score a goal through its player Khaled Al-Hajri in the 90th minute. However, the referee considered it offside. With this, the match ended with a 1-0 victory for Qatar.
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