Syria wins WAFF Championship

For the first time in its history,the men's national soccer team managed to clinch the WAFF Championship title after Iraq 1-0 in the final on Thursday at the Friendship and Peace Stadium in Kuwait.

Defender Ahmad Salih scored the winning goal in the last quarter of the match with a powerful header  .

Right from the beginning ,it was obviously clear that the Syrian side,under former international Husam al-Sayed,were determined to score a remarkable result to the delight of Syrian fans.

The newly formed team appeared in good shape and lived up to expectations and fulfilled what they had promised.

En route to the final,the Syrian team beat Jordan,Bahrain and Iraq.

M.D

 

Syria to take on Iraq in WAFT final

Syria's national soccer team make it through to the West Asia Football Tournament final on Tuesday after edging their Bahraini counterparts on shoot-out in a semis encounter at the Friendship and Peace Stadium in Kuwait.

The official and extra times ended in 1-1.

With this marvelous win, the Syrian side will take on Iraq in the final on Thursday.

En route to the final, the Iraqi team beat Oman 2-0.

Back to Syria-Bahrain match, the Syrian side made an impressive performance in the first half as they were able to block their defensive zone and werte about to open the scoring early but al-Doni's fierce drive went wide of the post.

The first half ended in a stalemate.

In the second half, the Syrian side pressurized the Bahraini defense line forcing them to pass back to their goalkeeper on several occasions.

Unlike the course of the match, from a counter attack, Abdul Wahab Ali put his side in the lead in the 67th minute with a powerful shot from 35 meters.

Three minutes later,Ahmad Doni, a player of great talent, notched up the equalizer  with a close –range shot.

After the end of extra time in stalemate, the shoot-outs have the upper hand in the benefit of the Syrian side thanks to the superiority of the goalkeeper Mus'ab Balhous.

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Chelsea's Juan Mata determined to win four trophies this season

Juan Mata hopes Chelsea can bounce back from their Club World Cup disappointment and give the fans some silverware to celebrate this season.

Rafael Benitez's men were beaten 1-0 by Corinthians in Japan on Sunday but Mata is already looking forward to the next challenge and believes Chelsea can still have a successful campaign, according to Skysport.

A trip to Leeds United in the Capital One Cup lies ahead in midweek, while there is still the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League to play for.

Writing in his blog for Grada 360, Mata insisted that Chelsea were hungry to claim as many trophies as possible.

"It's a tough moment, especially for the Chelsea fans that came to Japan and those who were supporting us from home," said the Spaniard. "Thank you so much to all of you for your unconditional support.

"I hope we can enjoy good moments and lift more trophies for the club and for you very soon. We're still playing to win four trophies and we will give everything we have to success in each of them."

"Besides, who knows, we may play this tournament again one day. That would be a very good sign."

Mata added: "Indeed, our way back home will feel much longer to us than the outbound journey, but I look forward to land in London and to play the next match.

"The world of sport is full of good and bad moments, but you always have to look ahead and keep setting new goals. And in football, the goal is always to win the next match."

Syria qualify for WAFT semis

The men's national soccer team qualified for the West Asia Football Tournament semi-finals after beating their Jordanian counterparts 2-1 in the third and last round of Group B on Sunday.

Striker Ahmad Doni hit twice(62-82) while the Jordan side's solo goal was scored by Khalil bani Attiya(22).

With this win,Syria finished as winner of group B with four points from two matches.The Syrian team opened their campaign in the event against Iraq where the final score was 1-1

Iraq came as runners-up in group B and consequently will accompany the Syrian team to the semi-finals.

In the semis,Syria will take on Bahrain while Iraq will go head-to-head with Oman.

This round is schedualed on December 18th.

M.D

Syria tie Iraq 1-1

In their opener in the 2012 West Asia Football Tournament,the men's national football team drew with their Iraqi counterparts 1-1 at the Friendship and Peace Stadium in Kuwait on Thursday.

Forward Ibrahim put the Iraqi side in the lead in the 11th minute while Ahmad Doni notched up  the equalizer for the Syrian side in the 48th minute with a close-range shot.

Syria are in Group c alongside with Iraq and Jordan.

Iraq top the group with four points from two matches.

Iraq beat Jordan 1-0 in the opening match of the group.

Syria will take on Jordan on December 16 at the Frienship and Peace Stadium.

M.D