Qatar rally to beat China at AFC U-23 tourney

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Doha, Jan 13 (IANS) Hosts Qatar were off to a good start at the AFC U-23 Championship by beating China 3-1 at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium here.

Qatar captain Hassan Abdelkarim scored twice in the second half on Tuesday to seal a comeback win for the hosts, reports Xinhua.

Guangzhou Evergrande’s Liao Lisheng opened the scoring for China with a free-kick before half-time.

The 22-year-old Hassan, who played for Al Sadd, headed home to level the scores in the 65th minute. The Qatari left-back netted his second goal of the match seven minutes later before substitute Ahmed Alaa added a third with about 10 minutes to go as Felix Sanchez’s side secured all three points.

In an earlier match, Amir Motahhari scored one and set up the other as Iran wrapped up a 2-0 win over Syria.

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