Qatar has won the 2019 Asian Cup, after beating Japan 3-1 win on Friday with a spectacular performance.
Sudan-born Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup, to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan. His early goal took him past Ali Daei’s 1996 tally and, combined with a 27th minute strike from Abdulaziz Hatem and a late Akram Afif penalty, helped the Qataris make an emphatic statement ahead of their hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Japan who were chasing a record-extending fifth title, found a way through a Qatar defence that had not conceded in six previous matches when Takumi Minamino scored in the 69th minute but the penalty condemned the Samurai Blue to their first defeat in an Asian Cup final. Qatar ended up beating Japan 3-1, to lift trophy.