A sloppy Lebanon lost 4-2 at the United Arab Emirates on
Wednesday, but still progressed to the next stage in World Cup
qualifying thanks to a loss by nearest rival Kuwait.
Lebanon was forced to rely on South Korea beating Kuwait 2-0 in
order to finish second in Group B and make it through to the final
ten in Asian qualifying.
The Emirates team, which had lost all five of their previous
third-round qualifiers, capitalized on Lebanon’s mistakes.
Basheer Saeed and Ali Al Wehaibi twice put the hosts ahead
before equalizers from Mahmoud El Ali and Hassan Matouk. Ismail
Matar restored the United Arab Emirates lead in the 69th minute and
Saeed scored his second in the 79th to secure the win.