AUCKLAND – The Kuwait national football team grabbed a late penalty on Friday night to beat O-League champions Waitakere United 2-1 at Allen Hill Stadium in Auckland.
The visitors were helped by a numerical advantage when Waitakere defender Neil Sykes was sent off for a dangerous tackle late in the first half.
Kuwait striker Fahad Al-Rashidi broke the deadlock 17 minutes into the second half, charging through the Waitakere defence before unleashing a shot just inside the near post.
But from the kick-off, the ball ended up with Waitakere’s Kayne Vincent who scored the equaliser from just inside the penalty area.
The deciding goal came in the dying minutes when the referee gave Kuwait a penalty after a tackle from Tim Myers. Al-Rashidi made it two on the night.
The win follows a 2-0 victory over Auckland City earlier in the week. Kuwait now head to their Asian Cup clash with Australia while Waitakere prepare for their NZFC match.
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