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Qatar's mystery men may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they're expected to be

Akram Afif broke the deadlock with a late counterattacking run as visitors Qatar got the better of Switzerland in Lugano.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

LUGANO, Switzerland -- Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players' tunnel of Lugano's ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, had lost 1-0 to Qatar.

"It is difficult when you play a team of players you don't know," the Liverpool forward told ESPN FC. "In those kind of games, you can only lose.

"We watched them on video, but we didn't know their players at all, so it was difficult. Still,...

Qatar's Akram Afif scores as 2022 World Cup hosts stun Switzerland

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Qatar pulled off one of the most impressive results in their history when they won 1-0 away to Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday.

Qatar, ranked 96th in the world, snatched the win after Akram Afif broke away and rounded Yvon Mvogo to score the only goal in the 86th minute of a lacklustre match played in front of a paltry 4,000 crowd.

The Swiss twice hit the crossbar, with a Michael Lang header in the first half and then a Christian Fassnacht effort after the break, but the visitors also had...

Qatar investigating Nepali worker's death at 2022 World Cup stadium site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site.

It offered no cause of death, though the committee said both Qatari and Nepali authorities were notified. An investigation into the death is underway.

The committee says it "shares its deepest condolences with...