Qatar defends AFC Asian Cup in historic win over Jordan | Football
Qatar successfully defended their Asian Cup crown after beating Jordan 3-1 on Saturday at the Lusail Stadium where Akram Afif converted three penalties as the hosts won their second continental title they have
Jordan were playing in their first Asian Cup final and seeking their first major trophy, but it was Qatar who dominated the crowd with 86,492 fans including Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
After Afif opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a penalty kick, Jordan’s attack pressed but could not break through until the second half, when in the 67th minute, Yazan Al-Naimat scored the equaliser.
Jordan’s relief was short; just a few minutes later, Afif scored his second penalty and finally sealed things for Qatar when he completed his hat-trick with a third goal from the penalty spot.
Afif, who was thrown into the air by his teammates after the final whistle, won the man of the match award and the tournament’s most valuable player.
“Getting penalties is a result of the confidence my teammates had in me. It’s not about the technique or the choice of the angle, it’s the feeling that my team is behind me,” said Afif.
At the same time, the coach of Jordan, Hussein Ammouta, said, “We were not focused in the first half and we made mistakes. There were easy chances to score but we didn’t do it. The duration of the two penalties [in the second half] was hard
“But I want to congratulate the players. They have gained confidence and opened horizons for the future. Maybe we can win in future competitions. “