Als geen ander weten wij dat het wel eens tegenzit met het nationaal elftal maar in moeilijke tijden geven we niet op.

James Jabra The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s miserable record against Qatar was extended Wednesday after the Cedars suffered a 2-0 loss in their opening Group E Asian Cup fixture inside the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.

The Cedars have now lost 10 of 13 meetings with their fellow Arabs, with three draws in that time.

Lebanon, in their first Asian Cup appearance for 19 years, defended resolutely for the better part of of an hour, and even had a first-half goal from Ali Hamam harshly chalked off.

But their resistance was finally broken in the 65th minute as Bassam al-Rawi opened the scoring with a sizzling free kick, before Almoez Ali wrapped up the win 12 minutes from time.

“We tried to be solid and play on the counter, but in the end Qatar were better,” Lebanon skipper Hasan Maatouk said after the match.

Lebanon, been there, went back



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