Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Qatar stun Japan to win Asian Cup, Latest Football News

Qatar stun Japan to win Asian Cup, Latest Football News

The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations and pledged to continue to further strengthen ties, presidential sources said.

It also means that resource-rich Qatar are finally making headlines for the right reasons after the turbulence that has surrounded their successful bid to host the World Cup.

Although the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in the summer, Federation Internationale de Football Association organizers switched it to November and December 2022 due to scorching weather.

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

Azmoun, reportedly a target for Premier League club Wolves, cut a forlorn figure in a 3-0 defeat and was lucky not to be sent off for a petulant slap on a Japanese defender in a bitter end to an Asian Cup that had promised so much for Iran.

"(It) doesn't matter what happens tomorrow, we are feeling very proud about them, because they are showing very high level in this competition playing against top teams.

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.

In farcical scenes after Friday's final, Saudi journalists berated Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu for not having delivered the thumping they felt Qatar deserved, rants that the bemused Moriyasu answered with a polite "thank you".

Japan fought back in the second half, only for Qatar to grab another goal via the penalty spot.

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Sudanese-born striker Ali entered the record books with his ninth goal of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, eclipsing the eight scored by Iranian great Ali Daei in the 1996 edition.

Qatar scored 19 goals and conceded only once in winning all seven games in the UAE.

Qatar enjoyed the support of a few dozen Omanis during their 4-0 semi-final thrashing of the UAE, when sandals and plastic bottles were thrown at Qatar players by Emirati supporters.

The difference with last year's FIFA World Cup was striking, when headlines in both Gulf News and the Khaleej Times celebrated the victor, France, instead of highlighting who lost the final.

"But they played well and deserve to be champions", added Yoshida.

The glittering gold confetti that heralded Qatar's Asian Cup win had hardly fallen back to earth before the next challenge was being discussed. "We still have a lot to learn", Yoshida said.

A news article originally written by the Reuters news agency was headlined "Naturlized players hand Qatar first Asian Cup" by the English language outlet.

"I've worked with Almoez for a very long time and we have good relationship", the Spaniard said.

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