Four-time winners Japan take on Qatar in the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football tournament at the Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Qatar wins maiden title
Qatar’s national football team has defeated Japan 3-1 in the final to lift its first Asian Cup title.
Third goal for Qatar
Qatar’s Akram Afif converts the penalty kick to put his side 3-1 ahead.
He receives a yellow card for taking his shirt off to celebrate.
Five minutes of extra time.
Japan’s Takumi Minamino scores the first goal for his side in the 69th minute.
Japan’s Yoshinori Muto comes in for Genki Haraguchi.
Qatar’s Boualem Khoukhi taken off on a stretcher. He is replaced by Salem Al Hajri
Possession: Qatar 45 percent, Japan 55 percent
Shots (on goal): Qatar 5 (2), Japan 3 (0)
Fouls: Qatar: 5, Japan 6
Corners: Qatar 1, Japan 3
Qatar doubles the lead
Abdelaziz Hatim scores the second goal for the Maroons in the 27th minute.
|Qatar’s Abdelaziz Hatim celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]|
First goal for Qatar
Qatar takes the lead with 22-year-old Almoez Ali scoring in the 12th minute.
This is Ali’s ninth goal of the tournament.
He has broken the record for the most goals scored in a single edition of the competition.
|Japan and Qatar fans out side the stadium before the match [Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]|
|Qatar fans before the kick-off [Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]|
UAE protest against Qatar dismissed
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association over the eligibility of two of Qatar’s players, the body said in a statement ahead of the final on Friday.
The complaint about Qatar’s Almoez Ali, a 22-year-old striker born in Sudan, and Bassam Al Rawi, a 21-year-old defender born in Iraq, was reportedly filed within two hours of Qatar’s 4-0 victory over the UAE on Wednesday.