Qatar’s Asian Cup triumph offers hope of World Cup 2022 respectability

Qatar’s Asian Cup triumph offers hope of World Cup 2022 respectability

Qatar’s Asian Cup triumph offers hope of World Cup 2022 respectability

- Qatar, World Cup 2022 hosts beat Japan 3-1 to lift their first ever Asian Cup on Friday, February 1.

Throwing Qatar's appearance in the Asian Cup final in doubt, organisers are investigating a complaint by the United Arab Emirates about the eligibility of two Qatar players from the semifinal.

Qatar's Abdelkarim Hassan celebrated his country's maiden Asian Cup title with an Oman flag draped over his shoulders on Friday, a graphic recognition of the support the Omanis have given the team throughout a hard tournament.

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

Japan were praised for their class and dignity in defeat after leaving their dressing room spotless in the wake of their defeat to Qatar in the Asian Cup final on Friday.

For all that, they've won seven games out of seven and conceded just one goal on their way to victory.

But Sanchez said that Almoez only made the comment "because I'm there (listening) and he wants to keep playing".

Ali's ninth strike of the competition saw him break Daei's record for the most goals by a player in a single edition of Asia's premier event.

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Felix Sanchez's team are keeping their expectations in check for the South American championship despite snatching the Asian title from a lowly world ranking of 93.

"This is one step more toward being ready for 2022 and [to] represent Qatar as a very competitive team at the World Cup".

"I always think the winning team is better so in that sense they were".

During the semifinal between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, some spectators threw footwear and plastic bottles on the field after the host UAE team went down to a 4-0 defeat.

Tournament organizers confirmed only hours before the final they dismissed a challenge by the UAE against the eligibility of two Qatar players who were born outside Qatar.

Just 12 minutes into the final, Qatar edged ahead courtesy of a fine effort by Almoez, who latched onto Akram's left-wing cross and juggled the ball a couple of times before brilliantly directing an overhead kick into the far corner.

"All the players are working with us, so no worries".

Qatar had never before gone beyond the Asian Cup quarter-finals but they had scored 16 unanswered goals coming into the final and kept a record six clean sheets as they silenced the haters. Qatar is in a group with Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.

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