Qatar’s ‘Host Country’ Builds Pride As ‘Defending Champion’… Wins Opening Game

Qatar (58th in FIFA ranking), the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and the “defending champion,” won the opening match and started the tournament in a good mood.

Qatar beat Lebanon (107th) at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on the 13th (Korea time) with Akram Afif, who scored multiple goals in the first round of Group A of the Asian Cup.

Qatar, which won all seven games at the 2019 United Arab Emirates (UAE), continued its eight-game winning streak in the Asian Cup finals.

Qatar, which was supported by home fans’ unilateral support, sought to score by increasing its ball share from the start of the game 헤라카지노주소.

Qatar seemed to take the lead with Almoez Ali’s goal just five minutes into the first half. However, the team was called offside due to the semi-automatic offside reading (SAOT).

Qatar also suffered bad luck in the 30th minute when Afif’s header shot hit the net.

Lebanon tried to take a shot with a counterattack using Hasan Matuk and Vaseel Jardi in front of it after solidifying its defense, but failed to score due to the lack of sophistication of passes and shots.

Qatar, which had been leading the match, scored the first goal in the 45th minute of the first half. After receiving Ali’s pass from inside the Lebanese penalty box, Afif accurately pushed the ball into the corner of the goal, giving Qatar the lead.

Qatar gained momentum and ran away by two goals with Ali’s header at the 11th minute of the second half. Ali jumped high from Mohammad Wad’s cross from the left side and connected it with a header to score.

Qatar calmly defended Lebanon’s attack for the rest of the time before sealing the victory with Afif’s goal in extra time.

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