Asia Cup: Qatar shock four-time Champions Japan for first title three years from hosting 2022 World Cup


The nation set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup shocked four-time champions Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup title on Friday.

Asian sensation Almoez Ali scored a record ninth goal of the competition before Abdulaziz Hatem made it 2-0 for Qatar on the stroke of half-time.

The 97th ranked nation in the world conceded for the first time in the tournament as Japan threatened a comeback in the 69th minute with Red Bull Salzburg ace Takumi Minamino reducing the deficit.

But controversy towards the end when Qatar, under fierce pressure from Japan, scored their third through a penalty that shouldn’t have been given - settled the heated fixture.

For all that, they’ve won seven games out of seven and conceded just one goal on their way to victory.

Solid in defence and lightning quick on the counter-attack, Qatar were worthy winners of the Asian Cup.

Both finalists are set to compete in the upcoming 2019 Copa America as guest nations.