Qatar beat El Salvador 3-2 to be the first semifinalists of the Gold Cup 2021. The Asian team has decided to go as far as possible in its first participation in this tournament and has proved that it has what it takes to do it. La Selecta fought hard but it wasn’t enough to beat their rivals.
Qatar just needed two minutes to score the first goal with a great counterattack led by Almoez Ali. Then, six minutes later Abdelaziz Hatim made the second to expand their advantage. La Selecta had a few chances but failed to score.
In the second half, Ali scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 and almost guarantee the victory. But then Joaquin Rivas made a brace to put pressure into Qatar. However, Felix Sanchez's side finally took the match. Here, check out the highlights and goals from the game:
Qatar vs El Salvador: Match Preview
The 2021 Gold Cup will be back this weekend with the beginning of the knockout stages. Qatar and El Salvador will meet today, July 24, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, in the quarterfinals. Here, you will find everything you need to know about this game, such as the preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch it in the US.
The 2022 World Cup hosts have begun their Gold Cup journey on the right foot, winning Group D against all odds. Felix Sanchez Bas' team has already made a statement and proved its strength. Will Qatar continue like this and claim a spot in the semifinals?
La Selecta, meanwhile, arrive at this clash full of hope following a remarkable performance in Group A. Hugo Perez's men have comfortably sealed a place in this round and now they will try to get back to winning ways and get El Salvador into their first Gold Cup semifinals.
Qatar vs El Salvador: Match Information
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (ET)
Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale
Qatar vs El Salvador: Time by State in the US
ET: 7:30 PM
CT: 6:30 PM
MT: 5:30 PM
PT: 4:30 PM
Qatar vs El Salvador: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Qatar proved they are a tough team to beat in the Gold Cup group stage. The competition's newcomers have been in great form over the past few months, as their last defeat came in November 2020. Felix Sanchez Bas' boys got into the quarterfinals after shocking Honduras on Matchday 3.
El Salvador, on the other hand, have high ambitions for this tournament after reaching the Final Round of the World Cup Qualifying for the first time since 2010. Hugo Perez's team won its first two games in the 2021 Gold Cup but lost at Mexico in the final matchday. La Selecta, however, put El Tri under pressure and now they should learn from their mistakes to get into the semifinals for the first time.
Qatar vs El Salvador: 2021 Gold Cup Top Scorers
Qatar have three different top scorers, as Akram Afif, Almoez Ali, and Abdelaziz Hatim have all been on target twice. El Salvador have also multiple leading goalscorers, as Jairo Henríquez, Joaquin Rivas, Walmer Martínez, and Alex Roldan have scored once each.
How to watch or live stream Qatar vs El Salvador in the US
The game to be played between Qatar and El Salvador at State Farm Stadium in the 2021 Gold Cup quarterfinals will be broadcast in the US by TUDN.com, FOX Network, Univision NOW, Foxsports.com, TUDN USA, TUDN App, Univision, and FOX Sports App.
Qatar vs El Salvador: Predictions and Odds
Bookmakers have already made their predictions for this game. FanDuel sees Qatar as strong favorites with odds of -135, while El Salvador have +400, and a tie would result in a +220 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.