Football world in shock over insane Asian Cup boilover

Bora Milutinovic

Qatar has never qualified for the World Cup finals, held every four years, but will automatically qualify in 2022 as hosts.

Almoez Ali's bicycle kick epitomised a stylish win as it sparked Qatar's 3-1 final victory over Japan and broke Ali Daei's 23-year-old mark for goals at single Asian Cup.

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

Villarreal's Akram Afif also managed to get his name in the history books after he provided another assist for Hatem's goal and in the process has beaten the current record of 10 for the most assists at the Asian Cup.

The former Barcelona youth academy coach cut his coat according to the clothes he had with Qatar.

At the final, they turned out in huge numbers with maroon scarves emblazoned with the world "Qatar" in Arabic over their heads.

A late penalty for Qatar sealed the result at 3-1, ending an attempted comeback by Japan, who had pulled a goal back after initially falling two behind.

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.

Qatar's 4-0 win over the UAE in the semifinal was particularly hard for the host nation to swallow, but this result proved even more embarrassing with celebrations that lasted all night in Doha.

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At the same time, Federation Internationale de Football Association has been studying whether to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams.

"It was a sad end to the biggest Asian Cup tournament for Japan as Qatar won the title", the article concluded.

Qatar were crowned the Asian champion with a seven-game winning streak, scoring 19 goals and just conceded one.

The complaint adds another layer to Qatar's politically charged progress to Friday's final of the continental soccer showpiece in the UAE, which as a country is part of a quartet boycotting Doha diplomatically and politically.

"These players, they are awesome in the way they are working and the effort they are putting in to be here and to have this performance". It's a great day for me and the players and the country.

"That's one of the toughest ways to lose", said a distraught Yoshida.

Regarding the final, Yoshida, 30, said: "I expect both teams to give 100 percent effort with fair play and show all over the world how we play".

In the group league matches, Qatar began the tournament campaign by beating Lebanon 2-0, following it up with 6-0 win over North Korea and rounded off the group engagements with a facile 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia, to finish on top of the group with an all win record.

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