Monday, 12 December 2011 07:08
Kuwait City: Iraq reached the semi-finals of the qualifying competition for the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship with a 4-1 win over Lebanon, who go through to the next stage as Group B runners-up.
Hashim Khalid put Iraq 2-0 up with goals in the 5th and 11th minutes and while Mahmoud Itani reduced the deficit second-half strikes from Karrar Mohsin (24th) and skipper Nussein Abd Ali ensured the Iraqis top the table with seven points, one more than Lebanon.
In the later fixture at the Al Arabi Futsal Stadium, 2012 AFC Futsal Championship hosts the UAE ended their campaign on a positive note as they defeated Bahrain 4-2 to pick up their first win of the qualifiers.
Ahmad Mahmood put the UAE one up in the 4th minute before a Jassam Anan strike six minutes later made it 1-1 going into the break.
One minute after the restart Thamer Shamoos gave Bahrain the lead but the UAE leveled three minutes later through Omer Salmeen, who netted his second and Bahrain’s fourth one minute after Abdulkarim Jamil had made it 3-1in the 36th minute.
Bahrain’s disappointment was compounded in the final minute when goalkeeper Sayed Abbas and goalscorer Shamoos let their frustration get the better of them with both players picking up their second yellow cards of the match.