The host team, Qatar, won the Asian Cup for the second time in a row, defeating its Jordanian counterpart by three goals to one in the final, which was held on Saturday at Lusail Stadium in Doha.
Qatari star Akram Afif scored his country’s goals from three penalty kicks in the 22nd, 73rd and 90th minutes, while Yazan Al-Naimat scored Jordan’s only goal in the 67th minute.
The Qatar national team thus retained the title it won in 2019 in the UAE.
Qatar became the fifth team to succeed in retaining the title after South Korea (1956, 1960), Iran (1968, 1972, 1976), Saudi Arabia (1984, 1988) and Japan (2000, 2004).
By winning the title, Al-Annabi also compensated for the dull image it showed in the 2022 World Cup, when it lost its three matches in the group stage, achieving the worst result for a host country.
On the other hand, the Jordanian national team failed to achieve its first title in its first final ever.
Qatar national team captain lifts the Asian Cup in the style of Messi in the 2022 World Cup
Qatar national team captain Hassan Al-Haydos lifted the Asian Cup, which Al-Anabi won at the expense of Jordan (3-1) on Saturday, in the style of Lionel Messi when the latter won the 2022 World Cup title with Argentina.
During the coronation ceremony, Al-Haydos wore the famous Gulf “bisht” while raising the championship trophy, in a repeat of what Messi did at the ceremony of crowning his country with the World Cup title, which Qatar will host at the end of the year 2022.
At that time, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, dressed Messi in the Gulf “besht” before presenting him with the World Cup, after he led the Argentine national team to victory over France on penalties (4-2), in the final match that took place between them on the 18th. December 2022, at Lusail Stadium, the same stadium that hosted today’s confrontation between Qatar and Jordan in the Asian Cup final.