Syria scored an emphatic 5-2 win over Timor Leste in a Group C qualifying soccer match at Wibawa Mukti Cikarang Stadium, Bekasi, on Sunday night, reports Asiangames2018.id.
Shalha scored a hattrick, while Zakria Hannan and Muhammad Kamel Koaeh netted a goal apiece. Timor Leste’s two goals were scored by Walter Gama in the 14th minute and substitute Silva Garcia in the 84th.Syria strikers Shalha, Koaeh and Kurdaghli infiltrated Timor Leste’s defense effortlessly but their shots at goal were all stopped by goalkeeper Fernandes.
Syria’s forays deep into the opposition’s half opened the door for Timor Leste’s Gama to launch a counterattack. He easily breached Syria’s defense but his attacks were blunted by goalkeeper Ibrahim.
However, the 20-year-old finally managed to outwit the goalkeeper when he scored the opener for Timor Leste in the 14th minute.
Syria dominated the game by creating 15 attempts on goal, compared to Timor Leste’s seven.