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Almoez Ali grabbed a hat-trick as Qatar started their build-up to the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup in emphatic fashion, routing minnows Afghanistan 6-0 in a joint qualifying Group E clash in Doha on Thursday.
Qatar may have fallen at the first hurdle in their South American adventure but the 2022 World Cup hosts showed enough in Brazil to suggest the future is bright for the Maroons.
Despite missing out on a Copa America quarter-final, Qatar boss Felix Sanchez took plenty away from the team's campaign in South America.
An early goal by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero's late second gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday that qualified them for the Copa America quarter-finals.
Lionel Messi has played football since he was born but now he hopes to realize a dream: to meet his namesake and five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Qatar could eliminate Argentina from the Copa America when they tussle on Sunday and Lionel Messi finds the situation incomprehensible.
Japan and Qatar's participation in the Copa America may have raised eyebrows in some quarters but the two Asian nations have already proved they didn't turn up in Brazil just to make up the numbers.
Argentina are still alive at the Copa América, but even a win in their final group game against Qatar may not be enough. If a certain series of results pan out, the 'Albiceleste' could be knocked out at the group stages.
Felix Sanchez rued Qatar's late defeat to Colombia in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
Colombia face Qatar after winning three consecutive internationals without conceding for the first time since September 2013.
Asian Cup champions Qatar are the unusual challenge in front of Paraguay as Eduardo Berizzo plots their progress from a difficult group.