Qatar beat Kuwait to enter third round of 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Qatar beat Kuwait to enter third round of 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

QLNews
By QLNews

Qatar sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Kuwait in Group E of the Preliminary Joint Qualification - Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027, clinching their spot in the third round of World Cup qualifiers.

This win also guarantees Qatar's participation in the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, where they will aim to defend their two consecutive titles. The thrilling match took place at the Sabah Al Salem Stadium in Kuwait City on Tuesday.

Almoez Ali was about to start celebrating when he bounced on a poor defensive clearance following Ismaeel Mohammad’s cross from the right, with his shot looking destined for the back of the net, but a heroic interception from defender Khaled Hajiah denied the Qataris the opener.

Sulaiman Abdulghafoor needed to be at his best to stop Lucas Mendes’ powerful header following Abdullah Al Ahrak’s cross from the left. The Kuwaiti goalkeeper produced an exquisite reflex save to deny the Qatari defender.

Mohammad and Ali combined again early in the second half with the right-back crossing for Qatar’s all-time top scorer who rifled from a tight angle but watched his effort sail into the stands behind the Kuwaiti goal.

Qatar continued to press forward in pursuit of an opener and had one of their biggest chances of the game just before the hour-mark when Akram Afif fed Ahmed Al Rawi inside the box. The young forward had just the goalkeeper to beat, but his attempt to round Abdulghafoor was frustrated by a smothering save.

At the other end of the pitch, Kuwait came within a whisker of opening their account when Faisal Al Harbi curled a free-kick from 25 yards out, beating the wall but just not dropping quickly enough, and ending up behind for a goal kick with his last effort before being subbed off.

The series of squandered chances from both sides continued with Kuwait’s Mohammad Daham breaking free and finding his way inside the box, but as he attempted to finish into the near corner, his attempt was not accurate enough, instead passing just wide of the upright.

The stalemate finally came to an end in the 77th following a string of Qatari passes around the Kuwaiti box, with the ball finding its way to Afif down the right, and the new Qatar captain squared for Ali to tap home at the far post to put his country in the lead.

The visitors’ joy lasted merely two minutes before Kuwait restored parity. Substitute Eid Al Rashedi delivered a pinpoint cross from the right for Daham who beat his markers to the ball and headed it in for 1-1.

Ali refused to give up, and a minute later, he had found the back of the net again. The forward latched onto a long ball, beating the onrushing Abdulghafoor and lobbing him to restore Qatar’s lead.

With the win, Qatar continue their perfect run in the qualifiers, sealing their place in the next round and the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 with 12 points, while Kuwait will battle it out for second place with India and Afghanistan, their next two opponents respectively.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content. 

Instagram - @qatarliving

X - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Let's dive into the best beaches in Qatar, where you can have a blast with water activities, sports and all around good times.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

This guide brings you the top apps that will simplify the use of government services in Qatar.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

this guide presents the top must-have Qatar-based apps to help you navigate, dine, explore, access government services, and more in the country.
Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Qatar's winter months are brimming with unmissable experiences, from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to the World Aquatics Championships Doha 2024 and a variety of outdoor adventures and cultural delights.
7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

Stuck with a week-long holiday and bored kids? We've got a one week activity plan for fun, learning, and lasting memories.
Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a sweet escape into the world of budget-friendly Mango Sticky Rice that's sure to satisfy both your cravings and your budget!
Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in  high-end elegance

Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in high-end elegance

Delve into a world of culinary luxury as we explore the upmarket hotels and fine dining restaurants serving exquisite Mango Sticky Rice.
Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Celebrate World Vegan Day with our list of vegan food outlets offering an array of delectable options, spanning from colorful salads to savory shawarma and indulgent desserts.