For the first time in their history, Qatar won the Asian title. Irresistible, the Gulf formation took over Japan (3-1) this Friday in the final. A title largely deserved for the host of the 2022 World Cup, untouchable during this competition.
Qatar won the Asian Cup 2019.
Qatar did this. A little over three years before the 2022 World Cup, the Gulf formation managed to clinch the first Asian championship title by dominating Japan (3-1) on Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Mirats.
The wonders of Ali and Hatem
A game that started perfectly for the men of Flix Sanchez Bas. Nothing impressed with the band Hiroki Sakai, Qatar immediately took the bull by the horns. Served back to the goal, Almoez Ali, who finished the top scorer with 9 wins, unpublished in one and the same edition, scored an exceptional goal with a control, a juggling and an acrobatic return (1-0, 11).
Sounds from this start of thunderous start, Nippons, close to admitting a new goal from Al Duhail's center-back in the crowd, flowed a few minutes later. After 25 minutes, Abdulaziz Hatem came in from the right, feinted, then placed Shuichi Gonda into the back of the net. A goal that seriously complicated the task of Japan.
A fire attack, a steel defense
For 40 minutes, the four-time Asian champion broke his teeth on Al Annabi's steel wall. With the pressure of pushing, the Japanese ended up reducing the score to the score by Takumi Minamino, author of a good pique (2-1, 69). Despite the pressure, Qatar held off and got the better of it, thanks to Akram Afif, who converted a hand-picked penalty for Maya Yoshida (3-1, 83).
A very difficult victory, but ultimately earned Bordeaux, who achieved the feat of completing this edition of the Asian Cup, scoring 19 goals in 7 games, the best overall among the 24 teams in the race, noting that only one goal, the of Minamino, a true demonstration of strength for the host of the next World Cup, which will try to confirm in the Copa América in Brazil, this t.
VIDEO: The sublime opening of Ali's score
VIDEO: Hatem signed the break with a heavy shot
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