Captain Abdelkarim Hassan scored twice in the second half as hosts Qatar made the ideal start to the AFC U23 Championship after recording a 3-1 comeback win over China at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa (Lekhwiya) Stadium yesterday.
A superb free-kick from Guangzhou Evergrande’s Liao Lisheng had opened the scoring for China just before half-time, with both sides looking to match Iran’s earlier 2-0 win over Syria in the Group A opener.
The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil as the AFC representatives.
Photo: People are excitingly waiting for the match to start
Qatar will face Iran on Friday, Jan 15.
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