5-star Qatar win first ever Asian Cup with 3-1 victory over Japan

5-star Qatar win first ever Asian Cup with 3-1 victory over Japan

World Cup 2022 host nation Qatar beat four time winners Japan 3-1 to lift their first ever Asian Cup on Friday, February 1.

Forward Almoez Ali opened the scoreline for Qatar with a brilliant overhead kick to break the record of goals scored in a single Asian cup, taking his tally to nine.

Coach Felix Sanchez Bas' lads played impressive football throughout the tournament and were no doubt outstanding from the onset of the Cup.

Abdul Aziz put the Qataris ahead 2-0 with a finely finessed shot that comfortably went curling into the back of the net.

Japan's Takumi Minamino salvaged a goal for the his side when he scored from inside the box in the second half.

VAR then came into to use when Southampton defender Maya Yoshida was seen to have intentionally handed the ball.

Akarma Afif stepped up and sealed Qatar's victory from the penalty spot making it 3-1 to the World Cup 2022 hosts.

Qatar's tournament campaign was marred with controversy surrounding regional relations which have worsened in recent years.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates imposed an embargo for Qatar purportedly supporting radical Islamist groups.

Qatar strongly denied the accusations and accused its neighbour of seeking their own political gains by influencing regime change within the desert state.

The 18-month diplomatic crisis left hosts very isolated within the region and so the win was a much needed boost and giant leap for the small nation surrounded by hostile neighbours.

YEN.com.gh previously reported that it is just 1,399 days to go until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

With the 2018 Russia renewal being a huge success, attention has already shifted to the 2022 edition.

It will be a momentous occasion taking place in winter rather than the norm, at the height of summer.

This is new ground for FIFA in more than one way.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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