‘Defending champion’ Qatar thrashes Lebanon 3-0 in opener

Qatar, the defending champion, defeated Lebanon in the opening match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and defended the pride of the host country.

Qatar won 3-0 with Akram Afif’s multiple goals in the first Group A match against Lebanon at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on the 13th (Korea time).

Qatar, the winner of the 2019 tournament, soothed the disappointment of eliminating all group losses at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November 2022 in the country for the first time in more than a year.

Prior to the opening match, a spectacular opening show and fireworks were held at Lusail Stadium, entertaining the eyes of 82,490 home fans.랭크카지노주소

Qatar, ranked 58th in the FIFA rankings, had a strong first half against Lebanon (107th), which is considered a weak team.

Qatar scored with a right-footed shot in the 6th minute of the first half when Almoez Ali, who swept both the top scorer and best player at the 2019 Asian Cup, rushed to the left of the goal area.

However, his goal was cancelled as offside was declared as a result of VAR. It was the first result of the “Semi-Automatic Offside Reading Technology (SAOT),” which was applied to the Asian Cup for the first time.

The first goal of the 2023 Asian Cup is Akram Afif
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Qatar’s first goal was finally scored in the 45th minute of the first half, and the main character was Qatar’s striker Akram Afif, who shines in the “2019 AFC Player of the Year.”

Afif hit the ball that Ali pushed from the front of the penalty area in the 45th minute of the first half with his right foot shot into the right corner of Lebanon’s net. It was his first goal of the tournament.

Qatar, which finished 1-0 in the first half, predicted victory with an additional goal in the 11th minute of the second half.

Mohamed Wad caught the pass that Afif sprayed to the left side and crossed, and Ali, who was rushing in front of the goal area, scored with a header.

Ali has scored 10 goals in total at the Asian Cup, tying with Lee Dong-gook for second place with the most goals scored at the Asian Cup. The highest scorer ever is Ali Daei of Iran (14 goals).

Qatar took advantage of the Lebanese defender’s inexperienced ball handling in the extra time of the second half, then rushed in front of the penalty area and scored a wedge goal with a left-footed shot to end its victory.

Afif, who tasted the goal in the 45th minute of the first half, became the hero of the first multi-goal of the tournament.

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