Qatar to face off against China in 2018 World Cup qualifier

Qatar’s national football team will have to get past China, the Maldives, Bhutan and Hong Kong to make it to the final qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA announced during a draw earlier this week.

According to sports buffs, the only real challenge for 99th-ranked Qatar will be 82nd-ranked China, which reached the quarter-finals in this year’s Asian Cup. The Gulf state on the other hand crashed out after three consecutive defeats.

Getting to play in Russia in 2018 is an important goal for Qatar, whose national football team has never ranked highly enough to play in the World Cup.
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Source News: Doha News
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