A goal glut as Qatar crush Bhutan 15-0 in Doha clash

Qatar squad poses for pho­to­graphs be­fore the start of the Group C clash last night. No fewer than eight play­ers scored for the home side.

Bhutan Times - - Home - BY RIZWAN REHMAT

DOHA: Hosts Qatar reg­is­tered their big­gest ever win yesterday when they crushed lowly-ranked Bhutan 15-0 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qual­i­fy­ing match at Al Sadd Sta­dium.

No fewer than eight play­ers scored for the home side who now have a tally of six points af­ter their two games, one less than ta­ble-top­ping Hong Kong who yesterday played a goal­less away in China.

A hat-trick of goals by Mo­hammed Mun­tari (37, 41 and 48) and Ali Asadal­lah (21, 45 and 63) head­lined a Qatar goal glut in the Group C en­counter at Al Sadd Sta­dium where they visi­tors failed mis­er­ably.

A brace each by Mo­hammed Musa (28 and 8), cap­tain Has­san Al Hay­dos (25 and 87) and Boualem Khoukhi (62 and 70) saw Qatar pile on the mis­ery for Bhutan who pre­sented static de­fense most of the time.

Mo­hammed Ka­sola (18), Akram Has­san (57) and Is­mail Mo­hammed (75) also got their names on the scorer’s list yesterday as Bhutan - ranked 168 on the FIFA com­puter - did lit­tle to im­press their fans at Al Sadd Sta­dium.

Qatar’s pre­vi­ous best was a cou­ple of 8-0 wins, which they had recorded against both Afghanistan and Le­banon in the 1980s.

For Bhutan, who were once beaten 20-0 by Kuwait, it was a night to for­get.

Yesterday’s win was a welcome re­lief for Qatar coach Daniel Car­reno who saw his side strug­gle against Mal­dives in their open­ing qual­i­fy­ing game in June. Qatar scored in 99th minute in that win over Mal­dives three months ago.

For Bhutan’s Ja­panese coach No­rio Tsuk­i­tate - who was oc­ca­sion­ally seen with his Ipad dur­ing the game - it was a game to for­get as Qatar in­jected pas­sion and pur­pose into their qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Qatar midfielder Ab­dul- rehman Mo­hammed said with a smile: “We took this game very se­ri­ously. We are ob­vi­ously very happy but we put pres­sure from the first minute and that’s why kept scor­ing the goals.”

A weak snap-header by Mun­tari in the sec­ond minute off a pass from the flank sug­gested a cagey start to the home team’s cause but things changed dra­mat­i­cally mo­ments later.

Bhutan’s coach watched from the side­lines as Qatar put pres­sure on the visi­tors with well com­bined moves.

De­fender Ab­delka­rim Has­san - who was later to miss a penalty - de­spite be­ing shad­owed by Jigme Tsh­er­ing Dor­jee slipped a left-footed drive from close range but his shot flew over the Bhutan cross­bar in the fifth minute.

Qatar opened the scor­ing in the 8th minute. Musa pro­duced a solo burst from the half line and de­spite be­ing chased by Bhutan’s Biren Bas­net, the home side’s tall de­fender charged to­wards the goal and slot­ted the ball past goal­keeper Hari Gu­rung for his side’s first goal. In the 16th minute, de­fender Musa went lon­grange with his pow­er­ful shot but the ball slipped past the Bhutan goal­post.

Two min­utes later, Qatar went 2-0 up as Ka­sola found the back of the net with a header. An air­borne Ka­sola jumped higher than Bhutan midfielder Bas­net and headed home with a slick fin­ish.

Two min­utes later, it was 3-0 as an un­marked Asadal­lah de­flected a ball into the Bhutan net af­ter re­ceiv­ing a pass from de­fender Musa who had moved closer to the visi­tors’ box with a quick burst.

In the 25th minute, cap­tain Al Hay­dos struck gold from close range as he fired past Bhutan goal­keeper Gu­rung for his side’s fourth goal.

Musa, in the 28th minute, went to the right of the Bhutan goal­keeper for his team’s fifth goal de­spite be­ing un­der pres­sure from de­fender Kuenga Gyelt­shen.

With five min­utes to go for the first-half whis­tle, Mun­tari scored Qatar’s sixth goal from close range af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ball from Hay­dos.

The Qatar cap­tain - lurk­ing near the Bhutan box - chipped the ball to un­marked Mun­tari who slipped the ball past Gu­rung to com­plete’s Qatar’s sev­enth goal.

Asadul­lah added his sec­ond and Qatar’s eighth as the clock struck 45th minute with a shot that went through goal­keeper Gu­rung’s hands.

In the 48th minute, sub­sti­tute Has­san found an un­marked Mun­tari lurk­ing close to the Bhutan goal­mouth. Mun­tari quickly de­flected the ball into the visi­tor’s net for Qatar’s 9th goal.

In the 52nd minute, Ab­delka­rim missed a penalty hit­ting the ball to the right of the goal­keeper Gu­rung who - in a rare inspired move - pouched the ball.

Three min­utes from the hour mark, sub­sti­tute Afif slipped the ball past goal­keeper Gu­rung for Qatar’s 10th goal.

Sec­onds later, Car­reno benched Karim who pro­vided the ball to Afif for Qatar’s 10th goal. Khaled Muf­tah walked in to re­place Karim who had missed the penalty min­utes ear­lier.

In the 62nd minute, Khoukhi also joined the scorer’s list, slot­ting the ball past goal­keeper Gu­rung for Qatar’s 11th goal.

Barely a minute later, Asadal­lah scored his third and Qatar’s 12th goal af­ter a neat drib­ble in the Bhutan box.

In the 70th minute, Khouki added his sec­ond and Qatar’s 13th with the gen­tlest of pushes into the net from close range fol­low­ing a pass from the mid­field.

In The 75th minute, sub­sti­tute striker Mo­hamad fired one home from close range as Qatar fans cel­e­brated 14th goal.

A cou­ple of min­utes later, in what could be de­scribed as freak move, sub­sti­tute Kin­ley Wangchuk clipped the Qatar cross­bar as Bhutan wasted an easy chance to score in the lop-sided clash. Qatar cap­tain Al Hay­dos added to goal­keeper’s hor­ror show by slot­ting home with a left-footed place­ment in the 87th minute as the home team went 15-0 up.

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