Kuwait football fans can rest easy now that its team has secured its place in the Asian Nations Football Cup 2000 to be held in Lebanon.
Al Azraq yesterday defeated Yemen 2-0 allowing them to join the 4 other qualifying teams so far: Iraq, China, Indonesia and Uzbekistan. Al Azraq faces the weaker Nepal tomorrow in a game that has no meaning for either team.
Kuwait struck first with Jamal Mubarak's header on the 32nd minute (here in picture).
The second goal was an own goal by Yemen's right skipper on the 51st minute (here in picture). Although the team won, Kuwaiti fans were displeased with the performance. They had expected their team to come out riled up ready to continue their deveasting play exemplified in the 20-0 routing of Bhutan.
Instead, they found a somewhat hesitant team. The midfielders did not impose themselves on the Yemeni team and played sluggishly, giving Yemen the chance to organize its defense. There were also problems in the attacking line, where the two strikers Bashar and Salameh (who was not in the first line up against Bhutan) lacked coordination. At the beginning of the second half the coach, Dushan Uhrin, substituted Salameh.
In general, the Kuwaitis played a better second half as star Fawaz Bkheet took control and tried to intensify the pace.
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