Qatar’s Abdelaziz Hatim (center below) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winner against South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on January 25, 2019.
Hatim’s thunderous effort from distance settled a tense yet absorbing affair, one which sees Qatar head into its first-ever AFC Asian Cup semifinal in what is the nation's tenth appearance in the competition, the-afc.com reported.
By way of contrast, the Koreans exit the tournament by the slenderest of margins having failed to make amends for their defeat in the final of the 2015 edition in Australia.
Gathering possession some 25 yards from goal, Hatim sent the ball rocketing past Kim Seung-gyu’s despairing dive and into the bottom corner.
Within seconds Hwang Ui-Jo had a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for offside, while Boualem Khoukhi’s spectacular overhead kick was expertly repelled by the South Korean keeper.
Late and intense South Koreans pressure failed to find the equalizer they so desperately craved, leaving Qatar to progress amid scenes of jubilation.