Qatar pulls off shock win over Switzerland

The world's 96th-ranked side beat the world number eight as Qatar ran out 1-0 winners in Switzerland.

Qatar winger Akram Afif   -  Getty Images

Akram Afif scored an 86th-minute winner to give Qatar a 1-0 victory over Switzerland as the world's 96th-ranked side defeated the world number eight.

Afif, who plays his club football for Al Sadd on loan from Villarreal, was put through on goal by Karim Boudiaf and rounded Switzerland goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo before lashing the ball into the net to earn Qatar a fourth win in five matches.

The result adds to the growing reputation of Felix Sanchez's side, who are preparing to make its World Cup debut as the host nation in 2022.

Switzerland has lost three of its last four matches and head coach Vladimir Petkovic will hope to make amends when it faces Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday.