Qatar celebrate Asian Cup title with Omanis, wait for Doha party

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Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup title on Friday sparked by a moment of jaw-dropping brilliance from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after a controversial late twist.

Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the final of the AFC Asian Cup held on Friday evening in the United Arab Emirates to be crowned champions.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations and pledged to continue to further strengthen ties, presidential sources said.

Yoshida said he felt a sense of responsibility for the surprise defeat to Qatar, who will host the World Cup in 2022.

Although the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in the summer, Federation Internationale de Football Association organizers switched it to November and December 2022 due to scorching weather.

Stepping up to the spot, Akram made no mistake in sending Gonda the wrong way to seal a monumental triumph for Qatar, one that few would argue they do not deserve following a dominant campaign that has seen them emerge as one of Asia's most-exciting national sides defeating some of the continents power houses.

With Qatar having a point to prove about its footballing ability, Sanchez was more willing to talk about the landmark of the small Gulf nation contesting a first-ever Asian Cup final.

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"It's a huge disappointment but we have to learn from it", admitted the Southampton defender, looking to this year's Copa America, where both Japan and Qatar have been invited to take part.

The Khaleej Times had a story headlined "Unlucky Japan lose AFC Asian Cup final", saying that "Japan fought until the last second, and like a champion side, dug deep to grab a positive result but couldn't succeed".

The only player to have more goals than Osako in the tournament is Qatar striker Almoez, who has plundered his way to double that haul.

Qatar scored 19 goals and conceded only once in winning all seven games in the UAE.

In fact, Sanchez is in charged with laying the foundations for producing teams that could compete with the likes of Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia in Asia with the aim of regularly qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. "We have to play a very effective game and have to be excellent in every line of play".

In an interview, Sanchez shared: "In the first half, we played very well".

Coaxed back by coach Carlos Queiroz for the Asian Cup, the 24-year-old Rubin Kazan forward - dubbed the "Iranian Messi" - quickly rediscovered his mojo, scoring four goals before the tournament favourites were derailed by Japan in the semi-finals. Qatar is in a group with Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay.

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