Watch the match between Jordan and Qatar – the 2023 Asian Cup Final | Asia Cup News

from: Jordan vs Qatar
What: 2023 Asian Cup Final
when: Saturday 10 February 2024 at 6 pm (15:00 GMT)
where: Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

After nearly a month of spirited football, which has seen many upsets and upsets, the AFC Asian Cup is set to conclude with an all-Arab final, as hosts Qatar look to defend their title against giant killer Jordan.

Qatar entered the tournament as defending champions, but were not counted among the outright favorites to lift the trophy due to their poor record against higher-ranked teams in the run-up to the event.

But Tintin Marquez LopezOur team has exceeded expectations with superior overall performance Reaching the final for the second time in a row. Enjoying huge fan support, Qatar was able to score goals in every match on its way to the final.

“I am very proud to be part of this team – a month ago no one expected us to reach the final, no one thought we were capable of putting on these performances,” Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos told reporters on Friday.

He added: “In cooperation with the coach, the technical staff and the Qatar Football Association, we were able to reach this level thanks to the unity of the team.”

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(Al Jazeera)

“Jordan will respond to critics”

While Qatar will carry the weight of expectations, Jordan will play without losing anything in their first Asian Cup final.

The surprise of the tournament, Jordan finished third in its group and qualified for the knockout rounds, where it suddenly rose to its level to eliminate heavyweights Iraq and South Korea.

This was a victory for their Moroccan coach, Hussein Amouta, who was subjected to severe criticism when he ended 2023 without a win in seven matches, including six defeats.

Amouta said: “I am very satisfied with the achievement we achieved because it was a personal challenge.”

“When a team loses, the coach is blamed, and when the team wins they say it is because of the team morale. We prepare keeping all aspects in mind – physical, mental, tactical and psychological.

“I hope we will be ready when the whistle blows and we will respond to the critics. 99% of the time I don’t listen to them because I don’t find anything useful.”

Jordan players to follow

Mousa Al-Tamari
With three goals and an assist, Al-Taamari was Jordan’s standout player. The only player in the Jordanian team to ply his trade in Europe – with Montpellier in France – Al-Taamari’s direct play and quick dribbling make him a threat to any defence.

Yazan Al-Arab
Al-Arab was a formidable figure for Jordan at the heart of their defence, and formed a strong partnership at centre-back with Abdullah Nassib. Strongly built and standing at 1.86 meters (six feet three inches) tall, the Arab has a towering presence in both boxes.

Yazan Al-Naimat
Al-Naimat has a knack for finding space between defenders and more often than not, doubles his run to perfection. After scoring in the group match against South Korea, the 24-year-old took it to another level when he scored in the round of 16 and semi-finals.

Qatar players are worth watching

Akram Afif
Afif was in exceptional form, scoring five goals and three assists. His speed, skill and vision created havoc for opposition defenders throughout the tournament.

Hasan Al-Haydos
Al-Haydos played the role of a leader perfectly thanks to his artistic prowess, exceptional vision, and strong leadership qualities. The 33-year-old can score too, as we saw impressively in the group stage match against China, with further goals against Palestine and Uzbekistan.

Almoez Ali
Unlike 2019, Ali did not score goals in this tournament but there is no doubt about the vital role he plays in the team. The striker’s work rate is unparalleled, as he is equally adept at leading attacks and dropping back to defend.

Form guide

Jordan started the group stage by defeating Malaysia 4-0 and then tied with South Korea 2-2. They lost 1-0 to Bahrain but managed to qualify for the next round, where they eliminated Iraq 3-2 in an exciting round of 16 match.

The quarter-final match saw Jordan defeat Tajikistan 1-0, and they achieved their biggest result in the semi-finals when they beat three-time defending champions South Korea 2-0.

Qatar maintained its 100 percent winning record in the group stage, beating Lebanon, Tajikistan, and China. They then beat Palestine 2-1 in the round of 16, but had to work hard in the quarter-finals to win on penalties 3-2 over Uzbekistan.

In the semi-final against Iran, Qatar achieved a huge victory with a score of 3-2.

Jordan: WWWLD
The State of Qatar: WWWWW

Goals galore

128 goals were scored in 50 matches in this year’s tournament. Of these, finalist Jordan recorded the highest number (12) along with Iran and Japan. Qatar shares second place with 11 points with South Korea.

Solid defenses

Jordan maintained a very strong defensive record in this year’s tournament, keeping four clean sheets in their six matches. On the other hand, Qatar kept three clean sheets, all of which came during the group stage.

Cash prize

Champions: 5 million dollars
Runner-up: 3 million dollars

Register face to face

Jordan and Qatar have played each other 23 times in competitive and friendly matches. They last met in a friendly match in 2018 when Jordan lost 2-0.

matches: 23
Jordan won: 6
Qatar won: 12
He paints: 5

Team news

Expected formation of the Qatar national team: Yazeed Abu Laila, Abdallah Nasib, Yazan Al-Arab, Bara’ Marie, Ehsan Haddad, Nizar Al-Rashdan, Noor Al-Rawabdeh, Mohammad Abu Hashish, Mousa Al-Tamari, Mahmoud Al-Mardi, Salem Yazan Al-Naimat.

Expected lineup for Jordan: Mishal Barshim, Pedro Miguel, Muhammad Waad, Lucas Mendes, Almoez Ali, Tariq Salman, Jassim Jaber, Hassan Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Ali Asad, Ahmed Fathi.

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