Qatar 4-0 UAE

Qatar-1st Goal

Abu Dhabi: Qatar will play Japan in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final after Felix Sanchez’s charges beat host nation the United Arab Emirates 4-0 on Tuesday in an absorbing last four encounter at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.

A stirring first-half performance – which saw Boualem Khoukhi break the deadlock and Almoez Ali notch a record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament – laid the foundation for the victory which was rubberstamped by late strikes from Hassan Al Haydos and Hamid Ismaeil as Qatar progressed with relative ease to set up Friday’s title showdown with the Japanese.

While Qatar’s success saw them advance to their first-ever AFC Asian Cup final, it left the UAE to rue what could have been as they failed to emulate their run to the final in 1996.

After a somewhat cautious opening, Qatar finally issued their statement of intent when Salem Al Hajri’s shot from distance forced UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa into a fine stop on 14 minutes.

With Abdelkarim Hassan and Assim Madibo returning from suspension, Qatar continued to look the more likely of the two sides, and they duly took the just eight minutes later.

Khoukhi’s angled drive from 18 yards somehow finding its way under Eisa’s despairing dive and into the net.

 

Clearly stunned by the opener, the UAE responded through an Ismail Al Hamadi header which was smartly saved by Saad Al Sheeb, and a similar effort from Ali Mabkhout that fizzed wide of the target shortly before the half-hour mark.

However, worse was to come for the Emiratis as Qatar doubled their lead in the 38th minute.

This time Akram Afif found Almoez Ali who advanced into the area before firing home via a post to equal Ali Daei’s record for the most goals by a player at Asia’s premier event.

 

With Ahmed Khalil and Ismaeil Matar both introduced to the fray after the break, the UAE were quick to threaten as Al Sheeb superbly tipped over a Mabkhout piledriver and then defender Khoukhi blocked a Matar effort from close-range.

Al Sheeb was on hand once again to deny Khalil shortly after as the UAE’s search for a way back into the game became more frantic as the minutes ticked by.

 

Despite being forced to defend deep in their own half for long periods, Qatar remained dangerous on the break and they duly added a third in the 81st minute when captain Hassan Al Haydos rounded off a delightful move by manoeuvring past Bandar Mohammed and clipping the ball over Eisa.

After the UAE’s Ismail Ahmed was shown a straight red card late on for dangerous play, substitute Ismaeil rounded off the scoring to emphatically confirm Qatar’s place in the final.

 

Source : Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers : Qatar 3 – 2 Korea Republic

Doha: Hassan Al Haydos scored twice and set up another as Qatar kept their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals alive with a thrilling 3-2 win over Korea Republic on Tuesday.

Al Haydos scored the winner 16 minutes from time having seen the Koreans come back from going two goals down to level the game with strikes from Ki Sung-yueng and Hwang Hee-chan after Al Haydos and Akram Afif had put Qatar in control.

The win moves the Qataris, who are now fifth in the Group A standings, onto seven points from eight games, some five points behind third-placed Uzbekistan.

Al Haydos put Qatar in front with a perfectly taken free-kick 25 minutes into the game and Afif doubled his side’s lead after a neat one-two with the Al Sadd midfielder that allowed the Sporting Gijon man to strike in the 51st minute.

Ki and Hwang netted in the 62nd and 70th minutes to level the scores before Al Haydos received Rodrigo Tabata’s through ball on the edge of the area and he slotted his effort past Kwoun Sun-tae to give Qatar a famous win.

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website

Qatar 1 – 2 Bahrain

Sydney: Bahrain ended their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 campaign with a 2-1 win over Gulf Cup champions Qatar at Stadium Australia on Monday evening when a long-range strike from Sayed Ahmed Jaafar eight minutes from time gave Marjan Eid’s side their first points of the tournament.

Neither team had any chance of advancing to the knockout rounds after losing their opening matches against Iran and the United Arab Emirates, but Bahrain reclaimed some pride when Jaafar struck to secure the win after Sayed Dhiya Shubbar had put the Bahrainis in front before Hasan Al Haydos equalised with a second half free kick.

The win ensures Bahrain finish third in Group C of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, but Eid’s team were comprehensively outplayed by the Qataris for large periods of the game and the 2011 tournament hosts will have gone into the halftime break wondering how they had not found the back of the net.

Misfortune cost the Gulf Cup champions on more than one occasion, with Mohammed Muntari twice going close, the first when he steered the ball just wide of Hamad Al Dosari’s goal in the 20th minute and the second, four minutes later, when his header from Al Haydos’ free kick came back off the post.

In the 33rd minute, Al Haydos saw his shot cleared off the line by Abdulwahab Ali while, as the half entered the dying minutes, both Muntari and Boualem Khoukhi failed to find the back of the net.

Bahrain, though, always carried a threat in an open and entertaining game.

Shubbar’s sixth minute header was straight at Qasem Burhan, while the 22-year-old had another headed effort in the 29th minute that came back off the base of the post.

With 11 minutes remaining in the half, however, the Al Riffa striker put his side in the lead when Faouzi Aaish slalomed past two Qatari defenders before cutting the ball back to Shubbar, who steadied himself before sliding a left foot shot over the line.

Qatar continued to pick holes in the Bahrain backline into the second half, with Ali Asadalla evading the defence thanks to a one-two with Muntari, only to hit goalkeeper Hamad Al Doseri with his shot.

Midway through the half, though, the Qataris finally claimed the goal their possession play deserved when Al Haydos – their star performer on the evening – struck a low free kick that went under the Bahraini wall as it jumped before beating the keeper to his right.

Another pair of missed opportunities from Muntari continued to frustrate the Qataris and, as the young striker grew increasingly despondent, he and his team mates were punished in the harshest manner possible when Jaafar scored the winner with just eight minutes remaining.

Picking the ball up on the corner of the penalty area, the Al Riffa midfielder clipped his shot over the head of Burhan – who had taken a step off his line – and the ball sailed into the back of the net.

Photo: WSG

Source : Asian Football Confederation website

Bahrain defeats Qatar : 2 – 1

Sydney: Bahrain ended their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 campaign with a 2-1 win over Gulf Cup champions Qatar at Stadium Australia on Monday evening when a long-range strike from Sayed Ahmed Jaafar eight minutes from time gave Marjan Eid’s side their first points of the tournament.

Neither team had any chance of advancing to the knockout rounds after losing their opening matches against Iran and the United Arab Emirates, but Bahrain reclaimed some pride when Jaafar struck to secure the win after Sayed Dhiya Shubbar had put the Bahrainis in front before Hasan Al Haydos equalised with a second half free kick.

The win ensures Bahrain finish third in Group C of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, but Eid’s team were comprehensively outplayed by the Qataris for large periods of the game and the 2011 tournament hosts will have gone into the halftime break wondering how they had not found the back of the net.

Misfortune cost the Gulf Cup champions on more than one occasion, with Mohammed Muntari twice going close, the first when he steered the ball just wide of Hamad Al Dosari’s goal in the 20th minute and the second, four minutes later, when his header from Al Haydos’ free kick came back off the post.

In the 33rd minute, Al Haydos saw his shot cleared off the line by Abdulwahab Ali while, as the half entered the dying minutes, both Muntari and Boualem Khoukhi failed to find the back of the net.

Bahrain, though, always carried a threat in an open and entertaining game.

Shubbar’s sixth minute header was straight at Qasem Burhan, while the 22-year-old had another headed effort in the 29th minute that came back off the base of the post.

With 11 minutes remaining in the half, however, the Al Riffa striker put his side in the lead when Faouzi Aaish slalomed past two Qatari defenders before cutting the ball back to Shubbar, who steadied himself before sliding a left foot shot over the line.

Qatar continued to pick holes in the Bahrain backline into the second half, with Ali Asadalla evading the defence thanks to a one-two with Muntari, only to hit goalkeeper Hamad Al Doseri with his shot.

Midway through the half, though, the Qataris finally claimed the goal their possession play deserved when Al Haydos – their star performer on the evening – struck a low free kick that went under the Bahraini wall as it jumped before beating the keeper to his right.

Another pair of missed opportunities from Muntari continued to frustrate the Qataris and, as the young striker grew increasingly despondent, he and his team mates were punished in the harshest manner possible when Jaafar scored the winner with just eight minutes remaining.

Picking the ball up on the corner of the penalty area, the Al Riffa midfielder clipped his shot over the head of Burhan – who had taken a step off his line – and the ball sailed into the back of the net.

Photo: WSG

Source : Asain Football Confederation website