Qatar made history by winning Asian Cup for the first time after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had earlier dismissed a protest about the eligibility of two of their players.
Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 in final match on Friday (Feb 1) in a nail biting match. Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory in Abu Dhabi.
Ali became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup after only being cleared to play just hours before kickoff following a UAE protest over his eligibility.
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22 July, 2019