Qualifiers - Group F: UAE seal Finals spot
Bishkek: United Arab Emirates booked their spot in the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Finals after defeating Kyrgyz Republic 2-1in Group F of the Qualifiers at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Friday.
UAE, who lead Group F with six points, are assured of finishing top on the head-to-head rule after having beaten both Iraq and Kyrgyz Republic, who are both on three points.
Iraq, beaten 1-0 by UAE on Matchday One, produced a strong second half performance to defeat Lebanon in the group's other match on Friday.
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United Arab Emirates 2-1 Kyrgyz Republic
UAE controlled the match from beginning and took an early lead through Sultan Adil Alameeri’s effort in the seventh minute.
The Emiratis doubled their advantage in the 13th minute through Yousif Ibrahim Alblooshi to take a comfortable lead going into the break.
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The second half saw UAE sitting back as they protected their lead and the onus was on Kyrgyz Republic to find a way back into the tie.
Their efforts were only rewarded three minutes from time as Almazbekov Beknaz found the back of the net but it was too little, too late as UAE - runners-up in 1990 - sealed the win and a place in the Finals.
Lebanon 1-2 Iraq
Both teams were searching for their first wins but neither created goal scoring chances in a listless first half.
Iraq started the second half with more purpose and their persistance paid off in the 64th minute when Abbas Rasool Al Qaraghuli broke the deadlock.
Mohammed Jameel Al Hasani then doubled Iraq’s advantage in the 78th minute with Lebanon scoring a consolation through Mahmoud Zbib in the 84th minute.
Iraq play Kyrgyz Republic in their final match on Sunday with both teams needing a win to keep their Finals' hopes alive, with places available for the best four second-placed teams from the 11 groups.
Photos: Football Federation of Kyrgyz Republic
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