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Kuwait smash Zambia in friendly

Kuwait scored four first-half goals as they hammered Zambia 4-0 on Friday, while Saudi Arabia and Korea DPR also won.

In a round of international friendlies, Kuwait ensured they will enter the 2011 Asian Cup finals with plenty of confidence after a superb performance.

A 14-minute hot streak saw all four goals scored, with striker Yousef Naser opening the scoring after 19 minutes.

Fahad Al Enezi was on hand to double the lead two minutes later, and unbelievably Zambia had conceded three goals in six minutes when Bader Al Motawaa got his name on the scoresheet.

The demolition job was completed by Al Enezi who completed his double after 33 minutes.

Kuwait eased off in the second half, content with their big victory, but well aware that their quality of opponents will improve during the Asian Cup after being grouped with Qatar, China and Uzbekistan.

Saudi Arabia bounced back from a loss against Iraq with an impressive performance to topple Bahrain 1-0.

Strikers Yasser Al Qahtani and Nasser Al Shamrani proved difficult to handle in the first half, with Al Qahtani guilty of missing the half’s best chance when Bahrain goalkeeper Abbas Ahmed saved his 12th minute shot.

Bahrain were much improved in the second half and could have taken the lead on several occasions before Saudi substitute Osama Haousawi’s 65th minute header found the back of the net, thanks to build-up work from Nayef Hazzazi.

In the day’s other match, Qatar’s five-match unbeaten streak was finally ended by a stubborn Korea DPR side, who produced a 1-0 win away from home.

Fri 31 December, 2010
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