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Latest updates: Qatar – Japan – Asian Cup – Final | news



Qatar defeated four-time winners Japan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football final at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Victory celebrations

The celebrations in Doha, Qatar, are in full swing to become the Asian champion.

This is the first major football tournament in the Gulf States.

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Qatar's emirate pays tribute to a football team

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani from Qatar congratulated the football team of his country for a "historic victory".

"A tribute to our heroes who have made this tournament an Arab feat and … who have realized the dreams of millions of Qatari football fans in the great Arab world," wrote Sheikh Tamim on his personal Twitter account.

Tournament Prizes

Fairplay: Japan

Best Goalkeeper: Saad Al Sheeb, Qatar

Top Scorer: Almoez Ali, Qatar] Most Valuable Player : Almoez Ali, Qatar

Qatar wins first title

Qatar's national football team defeated Japan 3-3 in the final and won their first Asian Cup title.

First goal for Qatar

Qatar take the lead with 22-year-old Almoez Ali in the 12th minute.

This is Ali's ninth goal of the tournament.

He has broken the record for most goals scored in a single edition of the competition.

Fans of Japan and Qatar outside the stadium [19659047] Qatar fans facing kick-off [Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]

UAE protest against Qatar rejected

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dismissed the United Arab Emirates Football Association's protest over the eligibility of two Qatar players Body said in a statement before the final on Friday. A lawsuit against Qatari-born 22-year-old striker Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born Bassam Al Rawi, a 21-year-old defender, was reportedly followed by Qatar's 4-0 success against the United States on Wednesday.

Arab Emirates submitted within two hours.

Who will win the final?

Japan is still the clear favorite, finishing third in Asia and showing a commendable performance at the 2018 World Cup.

There are 43 places over Qatar.

But Qatar has scored 16 goals in this tournament have beaten teams that far lying over them.

According to an English poll conducted by Al Jazeera on Twitter, fans are equally divided over who will win.

Before the Qatar Final

Large screens were set up in Qatar to allow the fans to see the finals, as they could not personally attend the match due to a regional blockade of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt .

The capital, Doha, features special TV screenings, including Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, restaurants, shopping centers and hotels.

The game is shown in Doha's Souq Waqif [Saba Aziz/Al Jazeera]

One last push

"There are no words to describe what playing in the final means to me," said Qatar captain Hassan al-Haydos , the reporters on the eve of the game. "For us as a team that's definitely very important."

Qatar's coach Felix Sanchez believes his players are ready for a final kick-off to clinch the title.

"Players are determined to achieve the desired victory by beating Japan again to make people in Qatar happy again and make history," said Sanchez.

Qatar: "Winners Already"

The blockade of the Air, Land and Sea Blockade forced the team to take a longer route to reach Abu Dhabi from Qatar.

Qatar fans were not allowed to travel to the UAE to support the team. In some games Omanis cheered the players from Qatar.

During the semi-final against the UAE, the Qatari players were kicked shoes and sandals from the stands.

For the fans at home, Qatar are already winners. Read the match preview by Saba Aziz here.


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