Football – Asian Cup 2019: Qatar & Japan Advance Into The Next Round
Qatar completed the group phase of the Asian Cup with a third straight success, beating three-time champion Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Thursday in an exceedingly charged match in the midst of the political pressures between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia built the provincial blacklist of Qatar alongside the host United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The Qataris have held firm, denying allegations that they bolster radicals.
Forward Almoez Ali scored the two goals, netting the opener at the Zayed Sports City Stadium with a low shot in first-half damage time and heading home the second a short ways from time to enable his nation to beat Saudi Arabia at the Asian Cup out of the blue and win Group E with nine points.
Only minutes previously the primary goal, Hasan Al Haydos missed a punishment for Qatar.
Ali, 22, is the best scorer at the competition with seven goals and will hope to broaden his count in the round of 16 against Iraq on Tuesday.
Prior in Al Ain, four-time champion Japan revitalized from a goal down to likewise complete the gathering stage with an ideal record after a 2-1 triumph over Uzbekistan.
With the two groups officially qualified, Japan finished Group F with nine in the wake of winning every one of the three matches to set up a knockout-stage meeting with Saudi Arabia on Monday.
Uzbekistan completed second with six and will open the round of 16 against shielding champion Australia.
Oman completed third with three points subsequent to beating Turkmenistan 3-1 to anchor a spot in the knockout stage out of the blue. It will play Group D champ Iran on Sunday.
In Group E In Sharjah, Lebanon got its first win, 4-0 against North Korea and the two groups are disposed of.
After Japan steered Uzbekistan in their last two Asian Cup recreations, 4-0 out of 1996 and 8-1 out of 2000, it resembled an alternate story on Thursday in Al Ain when Eldor Shomurodov put Uzbekistan 1-0 ahead five minutes previously the interim with his fourth goal of the competition.
In any case, Yoshinori Muto counteracted that advantage with a header only three minutes after the fact and Tsukasa Shiotani scored the champ in the second half to finish the rebound.
In Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Muhsen Al Ghassani and Mohammed Al-Musallami scored for Oman in the second half as the group took its initial three points of the competition.
Ahmed Al Mahaijri had put Oman ahead with a free kick 20 minutes into the match before Altymyrat Annadurdyyev balanced later in the main half.
Iraq vs Qatar is going to be good, difficult yes but we can do it. 🇮🇶
— Ali (@a1i_4) January 17, 2019
#LIVE: Ali Almoez scores his second goal of the game and gives #Qatar a 2-0 lead over #SaudiArabia in the @afcasiancup Group E decider in #UAE #KSAvQAThttps://t.co/Hizm7yhom6 pic.twitter.com/tAHuqm0oPk
— Arab News (@arabnews) January 17, 2019
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