Was it because of the cheering from the 60,000-strong home crowd? Qatar, the defending champion and host country, calmed down Palestinian fever and joined the quarterfinals. Main striker Akram Afif led the team to come from behind by scoring his fourth goal in the tournament with MOM (Man of the Match) with one goal and one assist.
Qatar gave Oday Dabagh the first goal in the 37th minute of the first half in the semifinals of the 2023 AFC (Asian Football Federation) Qatar Asian Cup against Palestine at 1 a.m. on the 30th (Korea time) at Albat Stadium in Alkor, Qatar, but won 2-1 in the second half thanks to Hasan Al-Haidos’ equalizer in the first extra time (45+6 minutes) and Akram Afif’s come-from-behind penalty goal in the fourth minute of the second half.
Qatar, which struggled by giving up the first goal due to Palestine’s reckless move, will turn the tide from the extra time of the first half to reach the quarterfinals and compete with the winner of the Uzbekistan-Thailand match at the same place at 0:30 a.m. on February 4.
Qatar, which reached the round of 16 with all three wins in Group A, quelled the Palestinian sensation of advancing to the round of 16 for the first time in history with a combination play between star striker Akram Afif and “Captain” midfielder Al-Haidos. Afif sent the Palestinians home after assisting Al-Haidos with an equalizer with a promised play at the end of the corner kick in the extra time of the first half, when he was being dragged 0-1.
Palestine, which succeeded in advancing to the historic round of 16 after Iran’s UAE (United Arab Emirates), seemed to be creating an unusual situation by threatening Qatar’s goal with a sharp counterattack. Palestine, which had chilled Qatari fans with sharp shots in the 19th and 27th minutes of the first half, began to take a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute when forward Oday Dabagh broke through two Qatari center backs and shook the net with a left-footed shot.
Davag’s goal shocked Qatar’s fans as it allowed the first goal of this year’s event. Qatar advanced to the round of 16 by garnering five points, zero points, and three consecutive wins in three group matches.
Qatar, however, overcame the crisis of losing the first goal and brought the match back to square one with a set play promised just before the first half ended. When Akram Afif kicked a low corner kick at 6 minutes into the first half, Hassan Al-Haidos came back to the penalty mark close to the goal to shake off the defense and shoot with his right foot to shake off the net. The situation was the same as the final goal of the group match against China.
At that time, Afif and Al-Haidos started their third match against China from the bench, confirming their two-game winning streak to advance to the round of 16. As the balance of 0-0 continued as a rotation member, they showed the power to lead the winning goal with a corner kick set play within two minutes of being replaced side by side in the 19th minute of the second half. Afif helped with a corner kick and Al-Haidos scored with a right foot shot to lead the team to three consecutive wins.
Qatar, which gained momentum with the support of some 60,000 home fans on its back, succeeded in turning the tables in the fourth minute of the second half. Akram Afif boldly targeted the center with his right foot and succeeded in a penalty kick obtained by Almoez Ali in the penalty box by Palestinian defender Mohammed Saleh, leading Qatar to a 2-1 reversal. China’s referee Manning, who was in charge of the referee on the day, immediately fired a penalty foul without going through the VAR review process to lighten Qatar’s pace. In the first group match between Korea and Bahrain, referee Manning issued as many as five yellow cards to Korean players, which fatally damaged the operation of the Klinsmann’s tournament.
In the game, Palestine fell behind 41%-59% in ball possession, but rather outpaced Qatar 11-9 in overall shots and 5-3 in effective shots. 헤라카지노주소
Afif, who is ranking second in the scoring race with his fourth goal of the tournament, is spearheading his second consecutive victory in Qatar, contributing to 17 goals, including 12 assists, at the AFC Asian Cup. Afif’s 17 offensive points are three times more than other players in the tournament since 2011.
Palestine’s journey to the historic first knockout stage ended with six goals in the tournament. Palestine, which scored only one goal in six AFC Asian Cup matches in 2015 and 2019, comforted its people who are suffering from war with impressive plays in the tournament.