Qatar go down to Colombia in FIFA U20 World Cup

Qatar’s Sultan Alkuwari (right) races away from Colombia’s Juan Quintero during the FIFA Under-20 World Cup football match in Hamilton on Sunday.

Joao Rodriguez’s well-taken first half goal ensured Qatar’s long build-up to a 2022 World Cup on home soil got off to a shaky start when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the Under-20 equivalent tournament in New Zealand on Sunday.

Rodriguez, who plays for Portugal’s Vitoria Setubal, finished off a superbly timed passing move and slotted home past goalkeeper Yousuf Hassan in the 25th minute of their Group C opener at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium.

Despite picking up the pace in the second half, the loss was an early setback to Qatar’s journey to the 2022 World Cup with coach Felix Sanchez stating his job was to develop a team that would provide the bulk of the squad for that tournament.
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Source News: Gulf Times