Lebanon failed to take home advantage as they narrowly lost 1-0 to Qatar in Beirut on Sunday in the opening game of the AFC World Cup 2014 qualifier.
Lebanon, who went through the first round, packed 50,000 Lebanese fans inside the Camille Chamoun Stadium as they hoped to emulate the successes of the first round.
Qatar dominated the early beginnings of the match and hit the woodwork from the corner before Lebanese goalkeeper Ziad El-Samad made an acrobatic save to deny the visitors. Thirty minutes on the clock and Lebanon had a glorious chance. Mohamad Ghaddar intercepted the ball in the Qatari half and slipped the ball to Abbas Atwi who lashed a low shot but it hit the post before the Qatar defender saved the rebound shot of Lebanese winger Hassan Maatouk.
In the second half Lebanon continued its pressure on the visitors but and against the run-of play Qatar took the lead. deputizing Lebanese full-back Ramez Dayoub’s bad back-pass was taken by Soria who passed Ziad El-Samad and into the empty net.
Lebanon were expected to react after going behind but it was until the 92nd minute that they created a real chance. an excellent build-up from the middle was badly finished in the box by team captain Youssef Mohamad who failed to bury the ball into the net.