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Qatar take on soccer powerhouse Argentina today
« on: November 16, 2005, 08:35:13 AM »
DOHA: Argentina is set bury their disappoint following their loss to England in Geneva last Saturday, when they take on Qatar in an international friendly at the Al Sadd Stadium here today.

This match is organised to raise funds for victims of the Tsunami as well as those affected by the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, according to Saud Al Mohannadi, secretary general of the Qatar Football Association.



Argentina’s coach Jose Pekerman said that they would take the match seriously.

“We are here to play a match. It may be against a much lowly-ranked team like Qatar, but I’m preparing my team for the 2006 World Cup,” he said. “We are quite serious and there is no change in our attitude.”

But Qatar know their limitations. Coach Dzemaluddin Musovic said teh result might be a foregone conclusion, but made it very clear  his boys would approach the match quite positively.

“We are preparing for the West Asian Games. We have had a good run so far. We won the Gulf Cup early this year and we have to maintain our reputation in the region. Our focus is on the West Asian Games. Come what may, against Argentina, we are a positive lot and we will approach the match with lot of confidence,” the Bosnian coach said.

“We have nothing to lose, but everything to gain,” he added.

Argentina coach Pekerman had recalled Inter Milan’s in-form striker Julio Ricardo Cruz Argentina for their friendly international against England and he should be in action against Qatar today. Boca Juniors striker Daniel Bilos has been chosen for the first time by coach Pekerman, just when he was being courted by Croatia, the land of his forebears, who have also qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Cruz has been in top form in Serie A this season for Inter, who have four players in the 22-man Argentine squad.

For Qatar the key players today should be  Bilal Mohammed and Fahad Al Shammari in the defence, Majdi Zadiq in the midfield and Manchester City player Hussain Yasir in the attack.

The match starts at 5.30pm.

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Qatar take on soccer powerhouse Argentina today
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005, 08:45:14 AM »
Qatar 0-3 Argentina: Second-half glut

DOHA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Argentina scored three goals in four minutes midway through the second half to beat Qatar 3-0 in a friendly international on Wednesday.

The former world champions dominated possession but it took until the 70th minute for midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme to put them ahead. Substitute Julio Cruz doubled the lead a minute later and Roberto Ayala added a third.

For Argentina coach Jose Peckerman it was the ideal response to the 3-2 defeat by England in Geneva on Saturday, although he said he was impressed with the Quatari players.

'I am surprised by Qatar's display,' he said. 'Their defenders played well. It was attractive football in the first half.'

Pekerman brought in Daniel Bilos and Barcelona's Lionel Messi to the starting line-up, and both posed a constant threat in the first half as Qatar's defence, marshalled by centre backs Bilal Mohammed and Abdulla Kooni, held firm.

However, it was the introduction of Inter Milan striker Cruz, Real Zaragoza defender Gabriel Milito and Carlos Tevez in the second half that proved decisive.

Riquelme, who impressed against England, fired the first salvo before Cruz and Ayala knocked the stuffing out of the side who were eliminated in the first round of the Asian World Cup Qualifying campaign.

'With Cruz, Milito and Tevez coming in, our attack sharpened,' Pekerman said.

'The Qatari midfielders were looking tired as well and we managed to exploit those rare chinks which surfaced in their defence.'

Qatar's Bosnian coach Djemaluddin Musovic said he was happy with his team's performance.

'Everybody expected us to lose by a bigger margin. But my boys played very well, especially the defenders,' he said.

'The midfielders and attackers worked very hard, but they were tired in the second half and it was during this time that the Argentines managed to score those goals,' he added.