A late equaliser from
Sebastian Quintana gave Qatar a 1-1 draw against defending champion Japan at the
2007 Asian Cup here on Monday.
Naohiro Takahara's close-range strike in the 61st minute almost secured three
points for Japan until Quintana powered the ball home with a deflected free kick
on 88 minutes.
Japan coach Ivica Osim complained that his players were careless for some
"This result could make it difficult for us. The players have got to learn to
turn style into substance," he said.
Japan trailed Vietnam in Group B after the co-hosts' 2-0 win over United Arab
Emirates (UAE) on Sunday.
Qatar coach Dzemaludin Musovic, who was ordered out for protesting the red
card given to Hussain Yaser in injury time, was satisfied with the 1-1 result.
"Of course Japan won't be happy with the result, but we deserved to take a
point," he said.
Japan will face UAE in their second game on Friday while Qatar will play
Vietnam a day earlier.
The 2007 Asian Cup is being co-hosted by Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and