QATAR SET FOR ASIAN CUP SEMIFINAL

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: led by Felix Sanchez, Qatar will be gunning to extend their winning streak at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 when they take on hosts UAE in the semifinal clash on Tuesday.

Bassam Al Rawi and AbdelazizHatim, Qatar’s goal scoring heroes from their two previous knockout stage wins, are both suspended, but Omer Madibo and 2018 AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan will be welcomed back with open arms.

Outstanding disciplinary records were erased following the quarter-finals, meaning only a red card in Monday’s match will result in a player missing the final.

After six goals at last year’s AFC U-23 Championship, Qatar’s Ali has burst into the spotlight at senior level, leading the scoring charts with seven goals in five matches, including a sensational haul of four against DPR Korea, putting him just one goal behind Ali Daei’s record for a single tournament.

In addition to the top scorer, Al Annabi also boast the top provider of goals in the competition, with AkramAfif producing five assists, and creating a tournament-best 17 chances in his five matches.

Whatever comes to pass against the UAE, Felix Sanchez’s side have already surpassed the performances of all Qatari sides to have to come before them by reaching the semi-finals, and have improved immeasurably on their zero-point showing in 2015.

A superb second-half AbdelazizHatim goal proved the difference as Qatar beat Korea Republic 1-0 to claim a place in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals on Friday.

Hatim’s thunderous effort from distance settled a tense yet absorbing affair, one which sees Qatar head into their first-ever AFC Asian Cup semi-final in what is the nation’s tenth appearance in the competition.

In the process, Qatar, who had just five clean sheets in their first 32 Asian Cup games from nine tournaments, completed another five in UAE to take another slice of history.

Source: Qatar Football Association