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HISTORY! Qatar thumps Japan 3-1 to win its first AFC Asian Cup

Qatar beat Japan 3-1 to lift 2019 Asian Cup title

Qatar lifted the Asian Cup for the first time with a 3-1 final victory over record champions Japan in Abu Dhabi.

Almoez Ali broke the deadlock with an overhead kick, his record ninth goal of the tournament, and Abdelaziz Hatim's long-range curler before half-time doubled the advantage.

 

Felix Sanchez's Qatar, hosts of the World Cup in 2022, lifted the trophy having conceded only Takumi Minamino's second-half strike during their campaign. They have netted a remarkable 19 times in winning all seven matches in the United Arab Emirates.

Japan could not find an equalizer and Akram Afif's late penalty ended coach Hajime Moriyasu's bid to become the first to win the tournament as player and boss. The defeat was the Samurai Blue's first in a final after four previous victories

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