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Qatar seals historic Asian cup win with hat-trick

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Akram Afif’s hat-trick of penalties propelled Qatar to a 3-1 victory over Jordan in a thrilling Asian Cup final at Lusail Stadium. 

The win secured Qatar’s status as the fifth team to achieve consecutive Asian titles, adding to their triumph in 2019.

Yazan Al-Naimat’s goal in the second half temporarily leveled the score after Afif’s initial penalty in the first half. 

However, Afif’s clinical finishes from the spot in the closing moments, following video assistant referee checks, solidified Qatar’s victory and his tournament tally to eight goals.

Despite Jordan’s hopes of securing their first Asian Cup title, Qatar’s dominance prevailed. Afif’s first-half penalty, earned after a foul by Abdallah Nasib, set the tone. 

Although Jordan showed resilience with Al-Naimat’s equalizer, Afif’s second penalty swiftly regained Qatar’s lead.

As tensions rose with 13 minutes of added time, Qatar seized the opportunity, earning their third penalty when Afif was fouled by goalkeeper Yazeed Abulaila. 

Afif’s composed finish sealed Qatar’s victory, marking them as the first team to defend their Asian Cup crown since Japan in 2004.

The triumph sparked jubilation among fans at Lusail Stadium, cementing Qatar’s place in Asian football history with their remarkable back-to-back championship titles.

 

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