AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar reach final after UAE fans throw sandals

first_img Reuters Abu DhabiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 23:50 IST Asian Cup 2019: Hasan Al Haydos scored his Qatar’s third goal against UAE (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSQatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian Cup finalThe local UAE fans threw shoes and sandals onto the pitch during the matchQatar will take on Japan in the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on FridayQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Boualem Khoukhi’s early strike and an eighth goal of the tournament from striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 halftime lead and captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the rout in the last 10 minutes.The UAE had been hoping to reach the Asian Cup final for the second time, but instead look likely to face sanctions after Ali was pelted with footwear as he celebrated his goal with Haydos and Ismail also the target of missiles.The cloud of the diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched in June 2017 hung heavy over the stadium with the visitors’ national anthem roundly booed by the majority of the crowd of 38,646.Fans throwing shoes at the Qatari players after they score their 2nd goal pic.twitter.com/zCxyhZeWOcJordan Gardner (@mrjordangardner) January 29, 2019The crowd were stunned into silence in the 22nd minute when Khoukhi cantered into the UAE half on the break and launched a speculative shot towards goal from the corner of the area that slipped under the hands of goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.While Eisa should have stopped the first goal, there was little he could have done about the second 15 minutes later.Ali powered his way through a trio of static defenders on the left edge of the box and curled his shot into the net off the far post to extend his lead as the tournament’s top scorer.advertisementThe young striker was showered with sandals thrown by irate home fans as he celebrated in scenes that will surely elicit some response from the Asian Football Confederation.1st ever team to not concede in opening 6 #AsianCup games1st ever #AsianCup final stage appearance for @QFAQatar are writing their names in the history books! pic.twitter.com/uwJLiTGGFu#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 29, 2019Sadly for the home fans, there was little response from their team, whose few first-half chances came from crosses launched into the area from the flanks.Striker Ali Mabkhout, looking for his 10th goal over two Asian Cups, revived UAE hopes with a sizzling long-range drive in the 52nd minute that Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was forced to tip over the bar.UAE captain Ismail Matar also looked lively when he came on as a substitute and had a shot blocked in the 69th minute, while Saad was again a match for a looping Ahmed Khalil header.The breakthrough would not come, however, and Haydos scored the third for the visitors on the break, cheekily chipping Eisa before grabbing the badge on his shirt in celebration to attract a shower of drinks bottles from angry fans.Insult was added to indignity in stoppage time when UAE defender Ismail Ahmed was sent off after a VAR review for an elbow to the face of Salem Al-Hajri and Hamid Ismail beat Eisa for the fourth time to trigger another barrage of bottles.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow QatarFollow UAEFollow Qatar vs UAEFollow Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian CupFollow Asian Cup semifinal AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar reach final after UAE fans throw sandalsAFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian final after the home fans threw shoes and sandal on the football pitchadvertisement Nextlast_img read more