Abu Dhabi: After an exciting group stage of the biggest ever edition of the AFC Asian Cup, we look back at some of the best goals of UAE 2019 so far, and ask you to pick your favourite in our poll at the end.
In the 36 matches played in the group stages of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, we have seen 96 goals scored - 2.67 per match - and some of them truly memorable strikes. Here are our selected 10 for you to review and judge which is your best.
Abu Dhabi: After 36 matches, and no shortage of drama, the qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 knockout stage have been finalised.
The line-up was confirmed on Thursday, when Oman and Vietnam claimed the Round of 16's two remaining places, setting the scene for what promises to be an unforgettable climax to the largest ever edition of the competition.
China PR, Korea Republic storm into Four Nations Final
Meizhou: China PR and Korea Republic both earned impressive 3-0 wins on the opening day the Four Nations Tournament, and will now meet in the revamped competition's final on Sunday.
With the traditional round-robin format replaced by a straight knockout system, China PR's win over Nigeria and Korea Republic's earlier success over Romania means the two Asian sides will meet to decide the champions.
Beiranvand eyes knockouts after IR Iran achieve group stage target
Dubai: Alireza Beiranvand has admitted that Islamic Republic of Iran fans wanted victory against Iraq to make up for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup defeat after the sides played out a 0-0 draw in their final Group D match of the 2019 edition at Al Maktoum Stadium on Wednesday.
Having each won their first two matches, the teams went into the game with their places in the last 16 secured but, level on six points apiece, top spot remained up for grabs, although it was Iran who led on goal difference to mean a draw would see them finish in first place.
But much of the talk in the build-up centred on the incredible 3-3 draw in the quarter-finals of the 2015 competition – a game that Beiranvand watched from the bench – when Iraq prevailed 7-6 on penalties in what was one of the most memorable matches in the tournament’s history.
Son: Korea Republic are looking to achieve even bigger things
Abu Dhabi: Son Heung-min has declared that Korea Republic are not about to rest on their laurels following a perfect group stage campaign at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Having already qualified for the Round of 16, Wednesday’s 2-0 win over regional rivals China PR made it three wins from three for Paulo Bento’s charges as they claimed pole position in Group C without conceding a goal.
Despite his side’s flying start, Son, who only joined the squad earlier this week, is adamant that the two-time champions of Asia remain determined to improve even further.
Dubai: Kyrgyz Republic head coach Alexander Krestinin commended his players after they delivered a historic 3-1 win to seal a place in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 knockout stage at Rashid Stadium on Wednesday.
The win was Kyrgyz Republic's first ever at the Continental Finals, with striker Vitalij Lux bagging all three goals on a day that will live long in the memory in the Central Asian nation.
Speaking before Vietnam's subsequent 2-0 win over Yemen which confirmed his side's place in the Round of 16, Krestinin acknowledged his team's efforts.
Al Ain: Park Hang-seo claimed winning three points in his side’s crucial AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 clash with Yemen was the main goal as Vietnam were left waiting to see if they advance to the next round following their 2-0 victory in Al Ain on Wednesday evening.
Victory by three goals or more would have guaranteed the Southeast Asians a place in the last 16 but, while Nguyen Quang Hai and Que Ngoc Hai secured the Vietnamese their first AFC Asian Cup win since 2007, the outcome of Thursday’s final matches in the group phase of the competition will determine whether they remain in the United Arab Emirates.