The United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by former South Korean national soccer team coach Paulo Bento, started the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup challenge smoothly with a multi-score victory.
The UAE defeated Hong Kong 3-1 in their first Group C match at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 14th (local time).
The UAE, with three points, is second in the group behind Iran, which beat Palestine 4-1 in the ensuing match.
UAE has been led by Bento, who led South Korea to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, since July last year.
UAE has recorded 5 wins and 1 loss in A matches until this day since Bento’s system was established.
Algazani (right) rejoices after scoring UAE’s third goal
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The UAE has never won the Asian Cup, and its best performance was the runner-up at the 1996 tournament in the country.
Hong Kong’s coach Jon Andersen, who led K League 1 Incheon United from 2018 to 2019, has been at the helm since 2021.
UAE took the lead in the 34th minute with Sultan Adil Alamiri’s penalty kick.
Hong Kong’s Chan Shugwan scored the equalizer in the 49th minute of the second half, but UAE led again with a side sultan’s goal three minutes later, and Yahia Algasani scored a penalty kick in the second half to make the victory.
Iran defeated Palestine 4-1 in the same group match at the Education City Stadium in Doha.
Iran Azumun scores a wedge
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Iran, ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings and the second highest among Asian countries after Japan (17th), will try to win the title for the fourth time in its career and the first time in 48 years since the 1976 tournament in the country
Iran took a big lead in the second minute with consecutive goals from Karim Ansari-Fard, Shouza Halilzadeh in the 12th, and Medi Gayedi in the 38th minute. 월카지노
Palestinian Tamer Seyam scored a comeback goal in the first half of the extra time, but that was it.
Iran won 4-1 in the 10th minute of the second half when Sardar Azmun scored with his left foot.
Iran’s top star, Azmoun, who plays for Italy’s AS Roma, scored 10 minutes after being put in at the start of the second half.