Oman see off Somalia in Arab Cup qualifier

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  • Oman beat Somalia 2-1 in Doha to qualify for the FIFA Arab Cup
  • Mohsen Al-Ghasani scored one and earned the penalty for the second
  • Victors survived a spirited second-half comeback from the underdogs

Oman have become the second team to emerge triumphant from the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ qualifiers, edging past Somalia in an entertaining encounter at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Ranked 80th in the world and facing a side 117 places lower, the Omanis were heavy favourites for this tie – and justified that status with an impressive first-half performance.

Mohsen Al-Ghasani pounced on a rebound to fire them into an 11th-minute lead, and that was doubled 25 minutes later when the same player earned a penalty that was coolly converted by Salaah Al Yahyaei.

Somalia, though, showed real spirit in the second half and provided a dramatic finale after deservedly halving the deficit through a superb downward header by Abel Gigli.

Sudan held on for victory, however, and they will join hosts Qatar, Iraq, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and Sudan – who qualified yesterday – in the tournament’s final phase from 30 November to 18 December. The remaining qualifiers will determine the other five participants in the days ahead.


FIFA Arab Cup Qualifier: Oman – Somalia

General view inside the stadium ahead of the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar Qualifiers match between Oman and Somalia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on June 20, 2021 in Doha, Qatar.

 The shirt of Ahmed Said is seeing inside the Somalia dressing room 

General view inside the Oman dressing 

Somalia players arrive at the stadium

Somalia players make their way onto the pitch 

Somalia players line up for the national anthem 

Oman players line up for the national anthem 

Salaah Al Yahyaei of Oman runs with the ball during the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar Qualifiers match between Oman and Somalia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on June 20, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. 

Muhsen Al Ghassani of Oman celebrates after scoring his team's first goal 

Muhsen Al Ghassani of Oman celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar Qualifiers

Ali Mohamed of Somalia (L) is challenged by Juma Al Habsi of Oman 

Ali Mohamed of Somalia (L) is challenged by Juma Al Habsi of Oman 



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