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Qatar into Asian Cup semi final after beating South Korea 1-0

Qatar's Abdulaziz Hatim scored with a staggering late strike as the 2022 World Cup has vexed Son Heung-min's South Korea 1-0 to achieve the semi-finals of the Asian Cup for the first time on Friday. 

The protective midfielder's let footed shot came alone for the blue in the 78th moment and flew past South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to choose a generally baffling challenge before a horde of just 13,700 at Zayed Sport City. 

Twice previous bosses South Korea poured forward to attempt and protect the match however were not able create an equalizer and it will be the Qataris who will confront holders Australia or hosts the United Arab Emirates for a place in the last next Tuesday. 

The political break among Qatar and the UAE implied the Maroons were upheld by just two or three hundred Omanis yet they celebrated uncontrollably before them at the last whistle. 

Pre-competition top picks South Korea, who had been hoping to achieve the last four for a record-broadening eleventh time, bow out before the semi-finals out of the blue since 2004. 

The two groups had played their keep going 16 coordinates on Tuesday, which maybe added to a forgettable first half with only one shot on target - Akram Afif's long-extend exertion following 32 minutes which South Korea attendant Kim securely assembled. 

The Qataris turned out with additionally assaulting purpose in the second half yet were very quickly gotten on the break with Hwang Ui-jo constraining a spare out of Saad Al Sheeb. 


The diversion was opening up with chance at the two finishes and Son, who had looked exhausted since joining the South Korean squad for their third gathering amusement, began to force his impact. 

The Tottenham Hotspur forward got a low drive on focus in the 72nd moment which went directly to Saad and made a distraction keep running before Kim Jin-su twisted the ball onto the outside of the post from a free kick three minutes after the fact. 

Exactly when it resembled the Koreans may jump to finish everything, however, the ball broke for Hatim in midfield and seconds after the fact it was settled in the base right-hand corner of the South Korean net. 

Hwang Ui-jo had the ball in the back of the contrary net two minutes after the fact yet was controlled offside, a choice affirmed by the video aide official, and Qatar clutched secure a well known triumph.

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