Pales­tine’s per­fect 10 earns spot in UAE

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Pales­tine will make their sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after se­cur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion yes­ter­day with a thump­ing 10-0 win over Bhutan.

Ab­dal­latif Al Bah­dari claimed a first-half hat-trick while Jonathan Can­til­lana scored twice in the sec­ond-half.

Ab­dal­lah Jaber, Sameh Maraaba, Khaled Salem, Mo­hammed Na­tour and Tamer Seyam were also on tar­get in the rout.

Join­ing them at the tour­na­ment, which kicks off in the Emi­rates from Jan­uary 2019, will be Gulf neigh­bours Oman after they tri­umphed 3-1 over Mal­dives.

Khalid Al Ha­jri, an own goal from Ali Amd­han and Ahmed Mubarak scored the goals for Pim Ver­beek’s side after Ali Fasir had briefly re­duced the deficit for the hosts.

With 14 of the 24 places for the tour­na­ment filled, In­dia can join Pales­tine and Oman to­day if they can beat Ma­cau.

Open the flood­gates: Pales­tine’s Khaled Salem fires in one of his side’s 10 goals.

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