Lebanon overcomes Singapore 6-1 and boosts its hopes in the Asian Youth Cup

Lebanon’s youth team defeated Singapore 6-1, concluding its campaign in the AFC U-20 Cup qualifiers (Uzbekistan 2023), by achieving the second victory in the last round of Group I, at the Central Stadium in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The Cedars youth are waiting for the second match in the group between Tajikistan and Cambodia to know their fate in qualifying, either as leaders or from second place.

The beginning of the match witnessed absolute control of the Lebanese team, and in the 12th minute, Shabab Al-Arz managed to open the scoring through the player Muhammad Safwan after he headed the distinctive cross ball of the player Ali Al-Reda Ismail on the crossbar and then netted the Singaporean goalkeeper.

Muhammad Safwan scored the team’s second and personal goal, after an elaborate pass from the player Ali Qassas, which placed him in the face of goalkeeper Azil Yazid, to put the ball with full force to his left.

The Lebanese team scored the third goal after the Omani referee, Qassem Al-Hatami, awarded a penalty kick to the team. Ali Kassas presented it and put it in the net of goalkeeper Yazid.

In the 40th minute, the Singaporean team managed to score a goal to reduce the difference through player Amir Siafs, and the rest of the first half minutes did not witness any events, ending with Lebanon leading 3-1.

The Lebanese team dominated the match in its second half and did not wait long to score the fourth goal, as the player Ali Qassas was able to take advantage of the Singaporean defender’s mistake in returning the ball to face the goalkeeper and put the ball over him “Loeb” to score the fourth goal for the team and his second character.

In the 61st minute, Ali Qassas scored the team’s fifth goal and his third personal “hat-trick” after a superb pass from Omar Bahlawan, the Singaporean defense strike, to be singled out by Qassas alone with goalkeeper Yazid and put the ball on the right corner of his goal.

The goalkeeper, Rami Al Majali, stood out in the match, where he saved in the 75th minute an explicit solo of the Singaporean team, and removed a dangerous corner immediately after this opportunity, and in the 83rd minute, the Omani referee declared the red card in the face of the player Ali Qassas after an intervention that the referee considered violent against the Singaporean player.

The captain of the national team, Mohamed Sadiq, concluded the goal celebration by scoring the sixth goal in the 91st minute, after a great individual effort inside the penalty area, as his shot hit the crossbar and then went to the Singaporean net.

Lebanon temporarily topped the group standings with 6 points from 3 matches, compared to 4 points from two matches for Tajikistan, two points for Singapore and one point for Cambodia.

It is noteworthy that if the Tajik team fails to win, the Lebanese team will qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup finals as the leader of the group or one of the best five runners-up teams.
Representing Lebanon: goalkeeper Rami Majali and players Ali Reda Ismail, Hussein Abbas Reda (Shadi Hajj Mohamed 93), Saad Shweiki, Ali El Fadl, Mohamed Sadek, Mohamed Safwan, Ziad Jamal El Din (Mahmoud Zbib 76), Hussein Bajouk, Omar Bahlawan (Shadi El Jouni). 76, Michel Feghali 89), Ali Kassas, and qualifies for the finals, the first place in each group, along with the five best second-placed teams in the ten groups, to join the host Uzbekistan team.

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