Lebanon beats Kuwait 1-0 in WCup qualifier

Lebanon beat Kuwait 1-0 on Friday to move into second place in

Group B of the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

Mahmoud el Ali scored the winner after 57 minutes. Abbas Atwi

collected the ball on the edge of the area from Ahmed Zreik before

sliding a pass through to El Ali, who lifted the ball over the

oncoming Nawaf al Khaldi.

Kuwait dominated the first half but was unable to make a

breakthrough despite early injuries to Lebanon defenders Youssef

Mohammad and Abbas Kanaan in the opening 10 minutes.

Abdulaziz Ashwan caused trouble down the left hand side,

latching onto long balls in the first half but Lebanon held firm.

El Ali and Roda Antar both went close after the break as Lebanon

made frequent counterattacks in the closing stages before securing

all three points.

The win moved Lebanon onto seven points from four games, three

points behind group leader South Korea. Kuwait remains on five

points, while United Arab Emirates is last with no points.