Qatar beats Lebanon 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

Qatar surprised host Lebanon 1-0 on Sunday to bolster its

chances in Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Uruguayan-born striker Sebastian Soria scored in the 63rd minute

of the Group A match, taking advantage of a poor pass from Ramez

Dayoub and then eluding goalkeeper Ziad El-Samad for an easy


Lebanon had several good chances in the first half, including a

shot from Abbas Atwi that hit the post and an attempt from Hassan

Maatouk that narrowly missed the target.

Qatar is set to host the 2022 World Cup but has never qualified

for the tournament.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the World Cup

finals. The two third-place sides will play off for a spot.