Qatar was crowned AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 champion on Friday as superb goals from Almoez Ali and Abdelaziz Hatim laid the foundation for a 3-1 win over Japan in a rousing final at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Football managers used to screaming themselves hoarse during games are finding little need to reach for a post-match lozenge at the Asian Cup – where their voices echo around sparsely-populated stadia.
The Palestinian football team is taking part in its second-ever Asian Cup, where it starts its campaign against Syria on Sunday, and team members born in various parts of the world are hoping to spring a few surprises.
The continent’s top teams went head-to-head in friendly matches as preparations for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 intensified with Asia’s biggest and most anticipated football competition starting in four days.
Southampton center back Maya Yoshida was named in Japan’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Asian Cup on Wednesday, but Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa were both omitted.
Canberra referee Ben Williams retaliated to media commentary of his controversial officiating at the Asian Cup, calling it “ill-informed” and questioning the relevance of some former players in the broadcasting box.