Japan may have suffered disappointment in the Asian Cup final after being shocked by Qatar, but their team won plenty of plaudits for thoughtfully leaving their dressing room "spotless" after the game. Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning win over four-times champions Japan on Friday. The victory was celebrated wildly by thousands of Omanis who had turned out to support Qatar in the absence of their own fans, who were unable to travel because of a deep political rift with the UAE. Japan were chasing a record-extending fifth title but fell short, with coach Hajime Moriyasu saying: "Our goal was to win the title, and so I'm disappointed and regretful we could not bring the Cup home to the Japanese people.
We use "cookies" to collect information. Click here to read more. Three second-half goals saw Japan ease past in-form IR Iran to reach their fifth AFC Asian Cup final, denying their opponents a first appearance in the continental decider since Both sides have had impressive moments up front at the Asian Cup, but at the back the pair have been absolutely rock solid. Even so, Sardar Azmoun remained the livewire threat he has been for much of the tournament, exemplified when forcing Shuichi Gonda into a smart save following a tasty pair of nutmegs.
Jump to navigation. Substitution : Al-Moez is replaced. He scored a record-breaking 9 goals in the tournament. Can Japan make a comeback here? Qatar get a corner in the 80th minute but shot too wide.
Japan finally found a way through a Qatar defense that had not conceded in six previous matches when Takumi Minamino scored in the 69th minute but the penalty condemned the Samurai Blue to their first defeat in an Asian Cup final. The victory was celebrated wildly by thousands of Omanis who had turned out to support Qatar in the absence of their own fans, who were unable to travel because of a deep political rift with the UAE. Japan, chasing a record-extending fifth title, started the brighter but it was the Qataris who drew first blood through the prolific Ali, who was later named Player of the Tournament. There was still plenty of work to do but Ali took a touch off each foot to tee up the ball before angling it past Shuichi Gonda into the corner of the net with a bicycle kick. The Afif-Ali combination nearly struck again a minute later but the Qataris did not have to wait long to double their lead.