Jordan 1-3 Qatar: Asian Cup final – live | Asian Cup


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Ehsan Haddad, the Jordan captain, is speaking. There’s no English translation but, yeah, he obviously must be gutted.

Afif is thrown into the air by his teammates, his hat-trick of penalties (remarkable, really) bringing the W. Jordan were terrific for much of that second half, undone by a few weary moments inside their own box. What a run by them, though, having stunned South Korea in the semis and come so close tonight.

FULL-TIME: Jordan 1-3 Qatar

Barsham gets a yellow, presumably for time-wasting, and then the whistle finally goes. Qatar are champions of Asia once again.

90+15 min: We’re still going …

90+13 min: The ball seems suspended in the air, tired legs just hoofing it around …

90+12 min: Jordan launch their final waves of attack and have a corner after Mendes clears … but Qatar deal with it.

90+10 min: Salem overlaps on the left but his ball, low into the box, causes little drama.

90+8 min: Cue the cameras finding glum Jordan fans. Their boys have been brilliant, though.

GOAL! Jordan 1-3 Qatar (Afif 90+5)

Afif goes to his right this time, and he slots in for his third. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that penalty call – was he not offside to begin with? Someone help me out here, there’s way too much going on. Ah, there’s a VAR replay shown just now that explains that he was just on. Got to feel for Jordan, though.

Qatar’s Akram Afif scores their third goal from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters
Here’s the view from the stands. Photograph: Rula Rouhana/Reuters
Afif, teammates and fans celebrate. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP
Hat-trick hero. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

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Qatar have ANOTHER penalty!

90+4 min: My word, Qatar have another penalty! Afif has a chance for a hat-trick to seal the victory.

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90+1 min: Afif is through on goal after a flick-on from Almoez Ali, but the Qatar No.11 takes a heavy touch and goes down after failing to beat the keeper. Was he offside? Well, they’re checking for another possible penalty ….

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90+1 min: It’s cleared away but fear not, Jordan fans, we’ve got 13 minutes of added time.

90 min: Corner for Jordan in the final minute of normal time …

89 min: Ooooh, the ref is going over to the screen – this yellow could turn into a red. The Qatar player who went down was Tarek Salman. Ah, the ref decides to keep it 11 v 11 after the VAR check is complete.

86 min: Yazan Al-Naimat gets a yellow for a flash of anger, barging a Qatar shirt down in an off-the-ball incident.

85 min: Al-Tamari drives down the right and into the box with the ball, but Waad is superb, keeping up with the right-winger and winning a goal kick.

84 min: Afif’s ball is poor but comes back to him after a near-post clearance. His second cross is overhit, and Jordan eventually break …

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83 min: Afif lines it up for a shot, and he forces a good save from Yazeed, who moves to his left to push it away. Corner.

82 min: Almoez wins a free-kick from shooting range for Qatar.

79 min: Salem chests the ball down and tries a left-footed piledriver from about 30 yards out. Ambitious … and wide.

77 min: Nizar plays it into the box and Yazan Al-Naimat dives forward to get his header away … but it goes wide. Jordan go again in search of another equaliser.

GOAL! Jordan 1-2 Qatar (Afif 73)

Against the run of play! Afif, who has been something of a passenger since he hurt himself at the end of the first half, steps up and smashes it past the keeper’s right once again. Jordan, after all that hard work, are behind once again.

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Penalty to Qatar!

Al-Mardi took down Ismaeel in the box, and it’s been given. What a twist this is.

70 min: Oh my … we’ve got a VAR review for a possible Qatar penalty …

GOAL! Jordan 1-1 Qatar (Yazan Al-Naimat 67)

They really deserve that. A delicious ball comes in from the right, Yazan takes a sublime first touch that takes it away from his marker and sets him up on his left foot – he proceeds to blast it past the previously unbeatable Barsham. What a hit, son, what a hit.

Jordan’s Yazan Al Naimat thumps the ball home to put his side back on level terms. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
Al Naimat wheels away in celebration. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

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64 min: Afif cuts in from the left to launch a dangerous ball with his right foot into the box, but it’s cleared away. Jordan are dominating now, though, with Qatar suddenly looking a bit lost.

61 min: They can’t get it past Barsham! This time he gets low down at his near post to keep out a thumping drive from Jordan’s right, and a fancy flick from Olwan then goes just wide of the post.

60 min: Another fine save from Barsham! The corner goes all the way through to Al-Arab, who launches a fine scissor-kick, the ball thumped into the turf before the keeper pushes it away.

59 min: Jordan are pressing hard. Ehsan Haddad makes a terrific run down the right and is played in for a first-time shot, which Barsham gets down to, low to his left to force a corner …

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57 min: Olwan tries to score what would’ve basically been the greatest goal ever, flicking the ball up in the box before launching an overhead kick wide. Outrageous flair, but alas, a goal kick.

56 min: Salem’s long ball finds Al-Mardi, but he takes down Salman on his way to give away a free-kick to Qatar.

52 min: Jassem is down for Qatar, with the hosts readying up some subs. Al-Haydos and Jassem are both heading off, with Abdulaziz Hatem and Ali Assad on.

49 min: Slightly flummoxed by how Tarek hasn’t been called for a foul throw so far this game – maybe his technique is just unorthodox, but doesn’t seem right to me. Anyone else or am I just being a bore?

48 min: Barsham collects a ball right on the edge of his box, coming close to leaving it altogether.

47 min: Jordan work it around at the back, but Qatar’s high press wins them a throw on the left.

46 min: We’re back underway.

Freed from Desire blasts away at the Lusail as the players get ready to make their way out for the second half … Qatar are 45 minutes away from back-to-back Asian Cup wins.

Akram-cadabra:

HALF-TIME: Jordan 0-1 Qatar

The half finally comes to an end after a couple of minutes are added on to added time. Qatar deservedly have the lead, with Afif the scorer after winning the penalty. He has six goals in the tournament now and looks as if he’s OK to carry on after an injury scare late in the half – his pace and trickery has caused plenty of trouble out on the left-hand side and inside the pockets. Jordan looked a bit lost at times in the half, but Ali Olwan is working hard on the left for them and put in a couple of decent balls for Al-Tamari to get on the end of. They just need a more clinical touch in the second half.

45+6 min: Olwan crosses again from the left, finding Al-Tamari in space in the box … but the first-time shot is blazed over the bar. Jordan are finding some rhythm here on the stroke of half-time.

45+5 min: Yusuf cuts inside on his left-foot to cross from the right, with the ball headed out for a Qatar corner. Afif’s ball in is cleared away from the near post.

45+3 min: Jordan have their best chance of the half, Olwan driving into the box from the left before cutting back for Al-Tamari, whose shot is blocked by Waad. Afif is on the pitch, soldiering on.

45+2 min: This doesn’t look good at all. Afif, who has been terrific so far, is being taken off on a stretcher. But then he gets off it after being taken off the pitch! So he may well carry on here.

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45 min: Afif gets a bit of treatment after appearing to twist his knee, with six minutes added on.

Qatar’s Akram Afif reacts in pain after a fall. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

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44 min: Afif crosses but it’s headed away at the near post. Afif then plays a neat little pass for Tarek to run onto in the box, and the Qatar man goes down by the byline… but it ain’t a penalty.

43 min: Afif’s pace is too much for Jordan to handle out on the left, and he does brilliantly to help win a corner for Qatar.

41 min: Al-Mardi sends in the ball, but Mendes gets a powerful header in to clear.

39 min: Al-Tamari is barged down by Fathy out on the right, and Jordan have a free-kick in a threatening area.

38 min: Qatar launch a counter-attack, with Al-Haydos trying to break through the middle on his own, and is ultimately unsuccessful.

37 min: Yazan wins a free-kick for Jordan on the left but it’s Tarek Salman who’s actually down and wriggling in pain after a tussle between the two.



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