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    Afghanistan outplay Yemen 2-1

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan pipped Yemen by 2-1 in their third match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship 2012 qualifiers at the Sabah al Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, an official said on Sunday.

    The national side edged past the opposition by scoring two goals Saturday evening, Muhammad Yasin Muhammadi, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Football Federation, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Yemen shot into lead in the 6th minute of the first half, but Muhammad Reza scored the equaliser in the second half and Siar doubled the score eight minutes later, Muhammadi added.

    The national team would take on Pakistan on Monday night, Muhammadi said, adding football squads from 40 Asian countries -- divided in seven groups -- were competing in the event.

    In the first two games, the Afghan team held Kuwait and the UAE to tame draws, he informed.

    On the basis of the result, Afghans with five points have secured the third position in Group B, which also included leaders Kuwait with seven points, Yemen four, Pakistan three, the UAE five and the Maldives with no win.

    "The Afghans have been through tough games and with their present spirit they could qualify for the next round," Muhammadi hoped.

    In the last tournament, the national team pulled off a draw against Pakistanis, he recalled.

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