Doha: Amir Ghalenoei apologised for Islamic Republic of Iran’s 3-2 defeat to Qatar in their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ semi-final on Wednesday, with the head coach saying he was to blame.
Despite Sardar Azmoun giving them a fourth minute lead, Iran were overrun by Qatar, with strikes from Jassem Gaber and Akram Afif putting the defending champions ahead. Alireza Jahanbakhsh restored parity from the penalty spot but Almoez Ali snatched victory for the hosts with his 82nd minute goal.
Doha: Marquez Lopez was delighted his decision to start without skipper Hassan Al Haydos paid off after Qatar secured a 3-2 win over Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday to seal a second successive appearance in the AFC Asian Cup™ final.
Lopez felt Homam Ahmed, Yusuf Abdurisag, Akram Afif and Almoez Ali had the pace needed to break down Iran’s backline, a decision that delivered handsome dividends for the defending champions, who face Jordan in Saturday’s final.
Doha: Qatar moved within one match of retaining their AFC Asian Cup™ title after emerging 3-2 victors against Islamic Republic of Iran in their Qatar 2023 semi-final at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday.
Almoez Ali, the 2019 Most Valuable Player and top scorer, struck the winner eight minutes before the end in a thrilling last four tie which saw the Maroons snap a six-game losing run against Team Melli to set up a final meeting with Jordan.
Jordan's Al Tamari on the verge of making dream come true
Al Rayyan: It was only a month ago that Mousa Al Tamari dreamt of winning the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ title with Jordan.
Now, with their place in the final secured following their fabulous 2-0 win over Korea Republic in a pulsating semi-final on Tuesday, the Player of the Match is one game away from making his dream a reality.
The forward was unstoppable at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, creating the first goal for Yazan Al Naimat, before finding the back of the net himself with a surging run followed by a peach of a strike to seal a stunning win.
Ammouta: Mindset of champions powered Jordan into final
Al Rayyan: Head coach Hussein Ammouta was proud of the mindset of champions his Jordan side produced in their stunning 2-0 victory over Korea Republic in their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ semi-final on Tuesday.
Goals from Yazan Al Naimat and Mousa Al Tamari at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium secured Jordan’s historic place in the final, where they will face either defending champions Qatar or the Islamic Republic of Iran.