Taiwan fall to 9-0 drubbing by Kuwait

FADING HOPE: Sitting at the bottom of Group B with no wins or points, Taiwan’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are dimmer than ever

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 16, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s national soccer team on Thursday suffered a massive defeat against Kuwait, falling 9-0 to the

Kuwait’s Yousef Sulaiman, left, challenges Taiwan’s Chen Wei for control of the ball in their 2022 FIFA World Cup second-round qualifier in Kuwait City on Thursday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

hosts in the second round of qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

While Taiwan are above Kuwait in the FIFA world rankings, they never looked like a match for the hosts, who smashed goal after goal into the back of the net, starting with a header by forward Yousef Nasser in the first 22 minutes.

At kickoff, Taiwan seemed eager to play further up the pitch, and even after Nasser’s goal they maintained their offensive play, but this left their defense vulnerable.

Kuwait kept putting crosses into the box and it was not long before midfielder Fahad al-Ansari scored, giving his team a 2-0 lead by the end of the first half.    [FULL  STORY]

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