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Qatar, which has overcome the “Iranian Curse,” has won its second consecutive Asian Cup title for the first time in 20 years.
Qatar won the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup final 3-1 against Jordan at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on the 11th (Korea time) and won two consecutive games.
Qatar won its second consecutive tournament following 2019 as ace Afif scored a hat trick with only a penalty kick.
As a result, Qatar has surpassed Asia’s dark horse as a powerful nation. It has also stood shoulder to shoulder with South Korea, Japan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.
South Korea, Japan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia were the only countries in the history of the Asian Cup that won two consecutive titles. All of them were great achievements that were difficult to achieve as Asian powerhouses.
After winning the first championship in 1956, the Republic of Korea also won the title in 1960, achieving its first two consecutive wins. Japan was the last country to win two consecutive titles in 2000 and 2004 until Qatar emerged.
Iran won three consecutive games from 1968 to 1972 and 1976. Saudi Arabia won the title in 1984 and 1988.
Until the final, Qatar had two bad jinxes holding back. The first was “Iran’s Curse” and the second was “Korea’s Fortune.” 마카오토토주소
Qatar advanced to the final after beating Iran in the semifinals. They were given an ominous formula that a team that defeated Iran in a tournament since 2000 will lose the next round without fail.
Jordan advanced to the final by beating South Korea in the semifinals. Since 2007, there has been a formula that a team that beat South Korea in a tournament will win the title without fail.
The two formulas that lasted for more than a decade made Qatar nervous. However, Afif’s one-man show and Basham’s crazy super save continued to lead the team, breaking all the formulas and taking the top.
Qatar came back to the top of Asia with its best performance at the tournament in its own country. They once again made a name for themselves as true champions.