Qatar draw with hosts in King's Cup


BANGKOK: Qatar scored a late equaliser to hold hosts Thailand to a 1-1 draw in a King's Cup match marred by violence and a walk-out on Tuesday. 

But Sweden clung to the top of the table with a 1-1 draw against North Korea. 

Qatar's match descended into farce when the team, angered by a series of decisions by the referee and trailing 1-0 after a Thai penalty, quit the pitch with 15 minutes to go. 

Qatar coach Pierre Lechantre Georges, warned earlier about his conduct after kicking the ball at the referee, demanded his team leave the field as water bottles rained from the stands. 

Play resumed half an hour later, after armed police went into the stands to root out troublemakers. 

Qatar striker Mahamed Salem al Enazi managed to slot home an equaliser with four minutes to go after captain Therdsak Chaiman had put Thailand ahead with a 52nd-minute penalty. 

Sweden took the lead against North Korea after a bout of attacking pressure in the 21st minute. Stefan Ishizaki drilled a free kick through a badly organised Korean wall and Niklas Skoog pounced on the loose ball and slid it home from five metres. 

Pak Yong-chol picked up a loose ball to slot in the equaliser in the 85th minute. – Reuters 

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