12/25/2018 10:34:14 PM (GMT+3)

Ali scores as Qatar notch up another win in friendly

Ali scores as Qatar notch up another win in friendly

Doha: Qatar continued their fine buildup as Ali Afif's second-half goal secured them a 1-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic at the Khalifa International Stadium here on Tuesday.

Afif, who looks set to be a star performer at the AFC Asian Cup, struck in the 69th minute.

With two more friendlies scheduled against Algeria and Iran on December 27 and 31 respectively, Qatar's win places them on a good platform as they head into their continental campaign, where they will play Lebanon in their Group E opener.

Kyrgyz Republic, who will be making their first appearance, have one more friendly match against Palestine on December 31 before heading to the tournament, where they will have China, South Korea and the Philippines for company in Group C.

In other friendlies, Turkmenistan beat Afghanistan 2-0 while Vietnam and DPR Korea played to a 1-1 draw.

The teams are preparing for the Asian Cup, which begins on January 5, and the matches allowed the coaches of all the sides to have an in depth look at their respective squads. (Source: the-afc.com)