Bishkek: Qatar made a winning start to their AFC U-16 Championship 2014 qualifying campaign on Friday when a last-gasp strike from Hassan Ahmad Palang saw the Gulf side defeated spirited Kyrgyzstan.
The Central Asians needed a victory to have any chance of taking top spot in three-team Group F following their 3-3 draw with Oman but the group hosts looked well out of the reckoning as Qatar were 3-0 up with little over half-an-hour at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium played.
Fahd Ahmed opened the scoring after just five minutes before a 15th minute penalty from Ahmed Al Meghessib and the first of Palang’s brace (31st) put Qatar firmly in the driving seat.
But Kyrgyzstan fought back gamely with an Almaz Ibrahimov penalty three minutes later making it 3-1 at the interval before a Khalid Al Hitmi own goal and a Shaarbekov Kadyrbek strike with three minutes of the 90 remaining drawing the Group F hosts level.
But Qatar were not be denied a crucial win with Palang netting the winner one minute into time added on to set up a showdown against Gulf rivals Oman on Sunday, with the Qataris needing only a draw to book their ticket to next year’s AFC U-16 Championship finals in Thailand.