Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said his team would not be distracted from the "most important match in the country's football history" by a protest over the eligibility of two of their best players at the Asian Cup. Credit: AP. Sudan-born striker Ali scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts in the semi-finals on Tuesday, while Al Rawi was suspended for that match but expected to return in the final.
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Newly-crowned Asian soccer champions Qatar have climbed to 55th in the latest FIFA world rankings, gaining 38 places and reaching their best position since The rise also now means Qatar can claim some Middle East bragging rights, as the second-highest placed team in the region. It's now only behind Iranwhich has itself moved up seven places to
Qatar won its first major soccer title after beating Japan to take home the Asian Cup in a victory surrounded by controversy and accusations of fielding ineligible players. Both were born outside Qatar but would be eligible if either had a parent or grandparent born in the emirate. According to documents that have been published on websites in the UAE, the mothers of the two soccer players were not born in Qataras has been claimed by the Qatari federation, the Guardian reported. Both Ali and Al-Rawi are graduates of the state-of-the-art Aspire training academy in Doha, which has developed young talents.
Yuya Osako put Japan up after half-time but it was his penalty shortly afterward, awarded following a video review, that knocked the stuffing out of Iran. Osako stroked home the spot kick to give Japan a lead with 23 minutes to play, and there was no coming back for Iran whose year wait for a fourth Asian title goes on. At a rocking Hazza Bin Stadium, Iran lobbed balls at target man Sardar Azmoun at every opportunity but it was Japan who looked the biggest threat in the opening exchanges.
It brings Qatar closer to FIFA decision-making for the first time sincewhen Mohamed bin Hammam was suspended — and later banned for life — for financial wrongdoing months after the gas-rich emirate won its World Cup hosting rights. The political standoff has included exerting pressure on Qatar to share some World Cup games, likely with Kuwait and Oman, in an expanded team tournament. Sheikh Salman, who is also the senior vice-president of FIFA, could not attend after the death of his mother this week.
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The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations. And even just days after Qatar beat Japan in the final, the Gulf diplomatic impasse may be more entrenched. It is a powerful Qatari riposte to critics who long ridiculed the World Cup host for its lack of footballing prowess. Qatar denies the charges, says it is being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy and its enemies want regime change in Doha.
SYDNEY Reuters - The 17th Asian Cup finals will be the biggest in the year history of the tournament but even with 24 teams battling it out, it is hard to look much beyond regional powers Iran, Japan and South Korea as potential champions. Australia will be hoping to join that trio and Saudi Arabia as multiple winners of the continental crown as they defend the title they won on home soil four years ago. The Socceroos triumph came at the end of a highly successful staging of a tournament played out in front of bumper crowds that has left the United Arab Emirates much to live up to.
Iran go into the tournament as favorites after dominating Asian soccer over the last four years. They have only lost one competitive game since the last Asian Cup inand that loss was to Spain. Former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has created such a solid and organized back-line that Iran managed to go twelve matches without conceding a single goal during qualifying for the World Cup.