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Lebanon Beats UAE in WCup Qualifying

Lebanon came from a goal down to beat the United Arab Emirates 3-1 on Tuesday in the third round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Lebanon, which was routed 6-0 by South Korea in its opening match in Group B, trailed 1-0 after UAE defender Mahmoud Al Hammadi scored in the 15th minute.

But Mohamed Ghadar leveled from the penalty spot in the 37th minute and midfielder Akram Moghrabi put Lebanon ahead with a close-range finish in the 52nd minute.

The home side put the game out of reach when skipper Roda Antar headed home with seven minutes remaining.

A second consecutive loss leaves the UAE's World Cup campaign in tatters, with almost no chance of qualifying for the next round. To make matters worse, the injury-plagued team from the Gulf plays World Cup veterans South Korea in its next match.

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Lineups:

Lebanon:Ziad El Samad, Ali al-Saadi, Amez Dayoub, Abbas Keenan, Hassan Maatouk (Mouhamad Chamass, 86), Abbas Atwi, Akram Moghrabi, (Mahmoud El Ali, 53), Haytham Faour, Roda Antar, Walid Ismail, Mohamed Ghadar (Mohammed Haydar, 69).

United Arab Emirates: Majid Nasir Hameed, Khalid Lashkari (Amir Mubarak Ghanem, 76), Walid Abbas, Subait al-Junaibi, Amer Abdulrahman, Mohamed al- Shehhi (Ahmed al-Junaibi, 56), Ahmed Khalil, Ismail al-Hammadi, Yousef Jaber, Mohamed Ahmed, Mahmoud al-Hammadi (Salem Saleh, 63).

Source: Associated Press


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