Lebanon stun Oman to enter semifinals

KUALA TERENGGANU: Lebanon clinched the second AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 semi final ticket after their 4-3 come-back win over defending champions Oman in Group B’s last game in Kuala Terengganu on Wednesday. Oman missed a chance to shed first blood early in the game as Abdullah Al Bulushi’s free-kick went wide but finally Yahya Al Araimi found the Omanis’ opening goal with a minute remaining. Lebanon’s equaliser came in exciting fashion as Moustafa Al Zein’s free-kick from distance bounced off keeper Amjad Al Hamdani and rolled slowly in.

However Oman went ahead again as Nooh Al Zadjali easily tapped in with two minutes remaining before a Mushel Al Araimi powerful volley almost extended the lead before the second period ended. Lebanon equalised at the restart as skipper Mohamad Merhi struck home from mid-range but Oman regained the lead immediately with an Abdullah Salim strike. Oman’s Al Araimi’s distance strike then narrowly missed its mark before Lebanese Mohamad Matar fired wide from close-range. Merhi then secured his second and his side’s equaliser but a neat header from Ahmed Grada a mere three seconds from time clinched Lebanon’s last-minute winner.