Sao Paulo, 19 June 2019. In the second game of the Qatar Football National Team at the “Copa América”, the team of Felix Sanchez faced the number 13 of the FIFA ranking, Colombia. In a close game, a goal by Duvan Zapata in the 86th minute gave the victory to the Cafeteros who reached 6 points and qualified for the quarterfinals.
In a very fought match, in which again the intervention of the VAR allowed that justice was imparted in the game, was the Cafetera selection the one that could unbalance the game with the goal of Duván Zapata to the minute 40 of the second time, after a beautiful center of James Rodriguez.
Qatar also had their chances in the second half, but twice goalkeeper David Ospina prevented the Asian champions from celebrating.
This time, Qatar’s team featured eight Aspire Academy graduates: Goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, defenders Tarek Salman, Bassam Al-Rawi, and Abdelkarim Hassan, midfielder Assim Madibo, as well as strikers Akram Afif and Almoez Ali and second half substitute Ahmed Moein.
With this result, Colombia reached 6 points and became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019.
In the next match, Qatar will face Argentina on Sunday, June 23 at 10 pm.