Defending champion Qatar 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 the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in November 2022 in the country for the first time in more than a year.
Prior to the opening match, spectacular opening shows and fireworks were held at Lusail Stadium, entertaining the eyes of 82,490 home fans.
Qatar, ranked 58th in the FIFA rankings, had a strong first half against Lebanon (107th), which is considered a weak team.랭크카지노주소
Qatar shook the net 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, flooded the left side of the goal area.
However, as a result of VAR, offside was declared and the score was canceled.
It was the first result of the semi-automatic offside reading technology (SAOT) first applied to the Asian Cup.
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.”
In the 45th minute of the first half, Afif flooded the ball that Ali pushed in front of the penalty area from the penalty arc and put the ball in the right corner of the Lebanese net with a right-footed shot.
It was the moment of the first goal of this 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 scored a career-high 10 goals in the Asian Cup, tying him for second with Lee Dong-gook for the most goals scored in the Asian Cup history.
The highest scorer ever is Iran’s Ali Daei (14 goals).
Qatar took advantage of the Lebanese defender’s inexperienced ball handling by Afif in the second half of the extra time, then rushed in front of the penalty area and scored a wedge with a left-footed shot to end the big win.
Afif, who tasted the goal in the 45th minute of the first half, became the hero of the first multi-goal of the tournament.