The Qatar U-19 team outplayed their Indian counterparts, to register a 2-0 win in their first AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign match at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Akram Hassan put the hosts ahead from the spot in the 60th minute and Abdullah Alahrak doubled the advantage in the 89th minute.
Colm Toal left young striker Uttam Rai on the bench with Germanpreet Singh named in the first eleven, while Vishal Kaith started in goal.
Qatar as expected, started to dominate possession from the start, but found it difficult to find gaps in-behind the Indian defense, which was organized well by Toal.
Chances were few and far in-between, with Udanta Singh cutting in and shooting wide in one of India’s rare forward forays.
Vishal Kaith then made a blunder allowing a Qatari player a shot at goal, but recovered quickly to thwart the opportunity.
That proved to be the last moment of danger for India in the half, as the referee soon blew his whistle for the half-time break.
The second half though, saw the hosts coming out all guns blazing, with Vishal Kaith’s goal being peppered with two shots, within seconds of kick-off.
Within a span of ten minutes, they had four corners, as India were firmly penned in their half.
It looked inevitable that the Qatar U-19 team would sooner or later find the vital breakthrough, and it came in the 60th minute, when Vishal gave away a silly penalty with a rash foul. Akram made no mistake from the spot, to give his side a deserved lead.
Toal’s boys could not muster a formidably reply after this set-back and Qatar continued to dominate proceedings.
Salah Al Yahri went close to making it 2-0, but his effort came back off the cross bar.
Eventually though, Abdullah hit the back of the net in the 89th minute, to double Felix Sanchez Bas’ side’s lead.
That proved to be the last bit of real action in the game, as Qatar coasted to a 2-0 win. For India though, there is still hope of securing qualification, depending on their results in the next three games, with the next tie being against Nepal.
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