Qatar will face off against Lebanon in a World Cup qualifying matchup on Wednesday. Qatar kicked off their FIFA campaign with a 1-0 victory against Lebanon in June with Sebastian Soria netted the team's only goal. However, coach Paulo Autuori's squad put up a 0-0 draw versus Iran before coming up short in a 4-1 matchup to Korean and then 1-0 to Uzbekistan.
The respective results have the Gulf squad in a draw with Lebanon for last place in the Group A standings, with four points. Qatar currently finds themselves three points behind Korea and Iran, who are automatically qualified for berths into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
"Our players have big motivation to win and they know what they are supposed to do. They will give 100% against Lebanon who are a strong team and have good professional players who play abroad," Autuori stated, according to Box Score News.
"We will be playing to get the three points against Lebanon even though our opponents are better. But defeat will not be the end of the world and we must be realistic and accept defeat which would only come if our opponents are better," he continued.
A second victory against the Lebanon squad, who upset Iran in September at home via 1-0 margin, would put Qatar back in contention. However the team will be without the services of injured defenders Meshal Mubarak and Bilal Mohammed. Midfielders Majdi Siddiq and Abdulla Afifa are also out of action.
The Lebanon squad arrived in Doha on Sunday and are coming off a 2-0 victory against a Lebanese league team composed of import players. Midfielder Haytham Faour was knocked around in the game but is expected to return against Qatar. Although Ali Hamam will be out with an injured thigh.
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