Doha, Qatar suffered a minor setback in their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Algeria at the Khalifa International Stadium here on Thursday.
Drawn in Group E in the Continental showpiece, Qatar had enjoyed an undefeated streak since their win over Switzerland in November which was put to a halt by a Baghdad Bounedjah goal in the 57th minute.
Felix Sanchez’s side will have one more friendly match with Islamic Republic of Iran on New Year’s Eve before heading to the UAE to open their campaign against Lebanon at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on January 9.
They will play DPR Korea and Saudi Arabia on January 13 and 17 respectively.
Source: Qatar Olympic committee