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Qatar and Iran in goalless draw
By Nour Abuzant
Iran’s Masoud Soleimani (right) is in a battle for possession with Qatar’s Ibrahim Majed in the friendly football match at the Al Sadd stadium in Doha yesterday. The match ended in a goalless draw. Pic: Noushad Thekkayil
QATAR and Iran played out a goalless draw in their friendly football match at the Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Stadium at the Al Sadd Club yesterday.
Iran started the match strongly and even dominated most of the first half. But the hosts' performance improved as the match wore on.
Qatar coach Jorge Fosatti made a couple of substitutions in the midfield but it posed little threat to the Iranian goalkeeper Mehdi Vaezi.
Bahraini referee Jaafar al-Alawi flashed the yellow card to three players during the match namely Iranian captain Ali Karimi, Qatar captain Saad
al-Shammari and Ibrahim Majid.
Both teams are preparing for their opening matches of the 2010 World Cup qualifier scheduled for February 6. Qatar play an away match against Australia and Iran will play host to Syria.
The Qatari team will travel to Syria today to play their next friendly on Monday. The Qatar national team will then host Denmark on January 27 in their last friendly before the all important match against Australia.
Later, Fosatti told reporters said the match gave a good opportunity to test the coordination between the players.
He also stated that Australia's poor result in the Asian Cup last summer did not reflect their true potential, as most of their players were tired because of their participation in European competitions and also due to their failure to adapt to the hot weather conditions during the tournament.
Referring to Qatar striker Sebastian Soria, who is banned from playing in Australia after having received two yellow cards in the preliminary stages of the qualifiers, the Uruguyan coach said the Qatar Football Federation was awaiting the Fifa decision to the federation's appeal.
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