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Qatar lose to Liechtenstein in Gulf Cup of Nations warm-up

A last-gasp Michele Polverino penalty gave Liechtenstein their first away victory in three years in Thursday's friendly clash in Doha.

Qatar lose to Liechtenstein in Gulf Cup of Nations warm-up

Qatar suffered another setback in their preparations to host the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, going down to a painful 2-1 friendly defeat to European minnows Liechtenstein. Michele Polverino's last-minute penalty in Doha was enough to give Liechtenstein a first away win in three years, as Qatar's disappointing recent displays continued.

Qatari preparing to defend Gulf Cup of Nations crown 

The result is a further blow to the Qataris and their Spanish coach, Félix Sánchez, who became the side's third boss in less than a year when he was appointed in June. Qatar are getting ready for the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait, a tournament that they go to as defending champions. Sánchez has named a strong squad for the event - which gets underway on 22 December - with three Europe-based players included, such as star man Akram Afif.


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