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AFC Asian Cup final highlights: Qatar beat Japan 3-1 to clinch maiden Asian Cup title

AFC Asian Cup 2019, Japan vs Qatar Final highlights: Goals by Almoez ALI, A Aziz and Akram Arif helped Qatar clinch their maiden Asian Cup title as they defeated Japan 3-1 in the summit clash

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 1, 2019 9:44:53 pm
Japan vs Qatar Final Football highlights: Qatar beat Japan 3-1. (Reuters)

AFC Asian Cup 2019, Japan vs Qatar Final highlights: Goals by Almoez ALI, A Aziz and Akram Arif helped Qatar clinch their maiden Asian Cup title as they defeated Japan 3-1 in the summit clash at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Almoez ALI opened the scoring for Qatar in the 12th minute of the match, when his overhead kick landed in the bottom corner of the goalpost. After scoring the opening goal, the Maroons started dominating as they doubled their lead inside the first 30 minutes of the match.

However, Japan tried to fight back in the second half as they created a lot of chances. The Samurai Blues hit back in the 69th minute of the match as Minamino wriggled his way through the Qatar defence and scooped it over the keeper. However, Japan were once again pushed to backfoot, when skipper Yoshida conceded a penalty with a little over five minutes remaining in the match. Akram Arif blasted the ball from the spot-kick to help Qatar restore their two-goal lead. With this win, Qatar became the ninth nation to win the Asian Cup title.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019, Japan vs Qatar Final highlights:

21:31 (IST)01 Feb 2019

The referee blows the whistle for full time. A historic moment for Qatar as they lift their first Asian Cup title. Almoez ALI, A Aziz and Akram Arif were the goal scorers, as Qatar became the ninth Asian nation to win the title.

21:12 (IST)01 Feb 2019

VAR comes into play and Japanese skipper Yoshida concedes a penalty, while trying to defend an incoming cross. Akram AFIF steps up for the spot-kick and blasts it inside the Japanese goalpost to restore Qatar's two-goal lead. Heart-break for the Japanese fans as the handball was not intentional. 

20:58 (IST)01 Feb 2019

Japan hit back as Minamino after receiving the ball inside the box wriggles around the defence and scoops it over the Qatar goalkpeeer.  This is the first time Qatar conceeded a goal in the tournament.  

20:54 (IST)01 Feb 2019

Both the teams have made one change as Boualem Khoukhi makes way for Salem Al Hajri. While Haraguchi makes way for Muto. 

20:43 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Japan corner

Brilliant footwork by Minamino as he makes a brilliant turn and tries to wriggle past the defender, but the ball is cleared off for a corner. However, Japan fail to make any impact as the set-piece is easily cleared away by the Qatar defender.  

20:34 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Action Resumes

The second half action is underway as Japan look to bounce back in the contest. However, it would be intresting to see if Qatar can hold the lead in the final 45 minutes and go on to register their first Asian Cup triumph.  

20:18 (IST)01 Feb 2019

The referee blows the whistle for half time and Qatar goes into the break with 2-goal lead. The Marrons dominated the first 45 minutes of the match and would aim to continue the momentum as they aim to secure their first AFC Asian Cup title.   

20:10 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Qatar making most of the mistakes

Who would have thought Qatar to dominate but the Maroons have so far been lethal. They are attacking and overpowering the Japanese defenders. Another confusion in the middle and Qatar tries to make the most from it. However, the effort from close range rattles the bar and goes out for a goalkick. 

20:05 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Goal number 2 for Qatar

Qatar are on a roll as they double their lead inside the first 30 minutes of the match.  An unmarked A Aziz takes his chances from at least 18-yards and his shot curls inside the top-corner of the goalpost .  

19:52 (IST)01 Feb 2019

Minutes after scoring the opening goal Almoez ALI misses a golden opportunity to double Qatar's lead. He takes an attempt at the goalpost but Maya Yoshida stands tall and deflects his shot for a corner. 

19:47 (IST)01 Feb 2019

WHAT A GOAL! Qatar are pumped up as Almoez ALI opens the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick from the edge of the box. The forward controls the ball in the air and juggles with it before attempting a bicycle kick. The ball goes in the bottom corner of the goalpost. This was Ali's ninth goal of the tournament and what a way to bring it. Simply spectacular! 

19:41 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Japan enjoying the possession

We are almost ten minutes into the match and Japan are enjoying the possession and trying to build an attack. They are playing long balls inside the box but are yet to threaten the Qatar goalkeeper. 

19:31 (IST)01 Feb 2019

Pre-match rituals and national anthems are done with. Qatar in all white and Japan in blue. Referee blows the whistle- peeep peeeep. Let's Play! 

19:18 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Fans rooting for the Samurai Blues
19:13 (IST)01 Feb 2019

Considering the previous records Japan clearly have an upper-hand over their opponents. Both the teams have met each other on four previous occasions with Japan winning two and the other two ending in a draw. Can Qatar overturn the records and secure their first win against Japan today?   

19:08 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Japanese fans gear up for the summit clash
19:01 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Qatar Playing XI

Qatar XI: Al Sheeb, Correia, Khoukhi, Salman, Hassan, Madibo, Hatim, Al Rawi, Al Haydos, Afif, Ali

Subs: T.Mohammed, Al Aaeldin, A Mohamed, Al-Ali, Albakri, K Mohammed, Y H Ali, Afif, Al Hajri, Ismaeil

18:53 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Japan Playing XI

Japan XI: Gonda; Sakai, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Haraguchi, Shibasaki, Shiotani, Doan; Osako, Minamino

Subs: Kitagawa, Muroya, Schmidt, Makino, Higashiguchi, Endo, Miura, Ito, Inui, Sasaki, Muto

18:50 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Building up!

We are slowly getting closer to the match-

18:47 (IST)01 Feb 2019
Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the AFC Asian Cup final between Japan and Qatar. The Samurai Blues would aim to halt Qatar's dominance, who are yet to conceed a goal so far. They defeated Asian Games gold medalist South Korea in the quarter-finals and also secured a thumping 4-0 victory over hosts UAE in the semis. Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES

While Japan have the Asian Cup pedigree, Qatar players were pelted with plastic bottles and even shoes by the crowd during their semifinal clash against hosts United Arab Emirates, who went down 4-0 in the clash. Qatar, however, will take confidence from their record-breaking run to their first-ever final. After surviving that ordeal, the 2022 World Cup hosts believe they have nothing to fear from Japan.

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