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MD5 - Group D: Yemen 1-0 Palestine

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Yemen v Palestine - AQ - 2

Muharraq: Yemen injected new life into their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaign with a much-needed 1-0 win over Palestine at the Sheikh Ali Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Thursday.

Winless in their opening three matches, Yemen climbed from fifth to third in Group D with the victory, which was secured thanks to Omar Abdullah Al Dahi’s second-half strike.

Palestine, who played the majority of the match with 10 men after the early dismissal of Mahmoud Abu Warda, dropped one place to fourth, missing the opportunity to climb as high as second at the halfway point of this stage of the Asian Qualifiers.

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Eager to make further ground following a promising start to their campaign, which included a win over Uzbekistan and draw against Saudi Arabia, Palestine carved out the game’s first major opportunity when Nathmi Al Badawi sent a fiercely struck volley narrowly over the crossbar in the seventh minute.

There was little to choose between the two teams in the opening 30 minutes, but the game swung sharply when Abu Warda was sent off for collecting a second yellow card in the 35th minute, just eight minutes after his first bookable offence.

Despite that setback, Noureddine Ould Ali’s reached the interval at 0-0, but the second significant blow to Palestine’s chances was soon to arrive, and, like the first, it was self-inflicted, with a sloppy back pass from Yaser Hamed seized upon by Al Dahi, who rounded goalkeeper Tawfiq Abu Hammad and eased the ball into the empty net in the 55th minute.

From there, Yemen continued to attack, and it took a number of impressive interventions from Abu Hammad – including a brilliant double save which denied both Ahmed Al Sarori and Abdulwasea Al Matari – to prevent them from adding more goals in the latter stages.

Despite those saves, Yemen’s job was done, and they will advance to Tuesday’s clash with Singapore with a new lease of life in the Asian Qualifiers, while Palestine’s clash Uzbekistan will be crucial for both sides.

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