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Oman exit Asian Beach Soccer Championships after loss to Lebanon


Lebanon clinched the second AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 semi-final ticket after their 4-3 come-back win over defending champions Oman in Group B’s last game in Kuala Terengganu on Wednesday.


Oman missed a chance to shed first blood early in the game as Abdullah Al Bulushi’s free-kick went wide but finally Yahya Al Araimi found the Omanis’ opening goal with a minute remaining.


Lebanon’s equaliser came in exciting fashion as Moustafa Al Zein’s free-kick from distance bounced off keeper Amjad Al Hamdani and rolled slowly in.


However Oman went ahead again as Nooh Al Zadjali easily tapped in with two minutes remaining before a


Mushel Al Araimi powerful volley almost extended the lead before the second period ended.


Lebanon equalised at the restart as skipper Mohamad Merhi struck home from mid-range but Oman regained the lead immediately with an Abdullah Salim strike.


Omani Al Araimi’s distance strike then narrowly missed its mark before Lebanese Mohamad Matar fired wide from close-range.


Merhi then secured his second and his side’s equaliser but a neat header from Ahmed Grada a mere three seconds from time clinched Lebanon’s last-minute winner.


The top three finishers at the AFC Beach Soccer Championship will represent Asia at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in in Nassau, Bahamas from April 27 to May 7.


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