Qatar Defeats Japan To Win First Ever Asian Cup
Action of the final between Qatar and Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar on Friday defeated four-time winners Japan 3-1 to win its first ever Asian Cup

Forward Almoez Ali broke the record of goals scored by a player at a single Asian Cup when he notched his ninth with a brilliant overhead kick.

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Abdulaziz Hatem made it 2-0 with a 20-yard curled shot before Japan’s Takumi Minamino fired in from inside the box.

Akram Afif converted from the spot to make it 3-1 after Southampton’s Maya Yoshida had handled in the area.

VAR confirmed that the Saints defender had intentionally handled, although TV replays suggested he was unfortunate to see the decision go against him.

Afif’s penalty meant he scored one goal and provided 10 assists, including two in the final, during Qatar’s seven games at the competition in the United Arab Emirates.

Coach Felix Sanchez’s side had gone 10 hours and eight minutes without conceding a single goal at this year’s competition prior to Minamino’s strike.