Qatari team celebrates winning Asian Cup in Oman before heading back

Qatari team celebrates winning Asian Cup in Oman before heading back

Qatari team celebrates winning Asian Cup in Oman before heading back

Qatar´s coach Felix Sanchez is thrown in the air as his team celebrates their win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations and pledged to continue to further strengthen ties, presidential sources said.

Qatar's unblemished progress through the tournament has been played out against the backdrop of an 18-month diplomatic crisis that has left the hosts of the 2022 World Cup very isolated within the region.

Although the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in the summer, Federation Internationale de Football Association organizers switched it to November and December 2022 due to scorching weather.

A 3-1 defeat of Japan on Friday secured Qatar's maiden Asian Cup title as they continue to build towards hosting the World Cup in three years.

The 43-year-old has since seen how Qatar has grown in football and he has played an integral part in the team's success.

Maya Yoshida, the captain of Japan has said that they do not have the time to feel sorry for themselves after they had suffered a painful defeat in the finals of the Asian Cup.

"Qatar today is a top Asian team", goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb said.

The title raised the beguiling possibility of Qatar being crowned champions of both Asia and South America, when they compete at the Copa America as guests in June-July.

Ahead of the final, the UAE protested the eligibility of Qatar's naturalised players, including Ali and Iraqi-born centre back, Bassam al-Rawi.

It is less than four years to the next World Cup, and as hosts, Qatar do not need to qualify.

Qatar's present 23-man Asian Cup team consists of 14 players who are 25 or under.

Meanwhile, former Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan took to Twitter, calling the Qatari side "a litter of stray dogs", adding that Israel was somehow involved in Qatar's victory after an Israeli army spokesperson congratulated Qatar on its victory.

He also referred to an incident in Japan's semifinal against Iran in which midfielder Gaku Shibasaki appeared to be slapped in the face by an opposing player in the waning moments of the game.

Entering the final with a sensational record of having won their previous six games - scoring 16 goals and conceding none in the process - Qatar continued their dream run into the final.

"I'm very proud to be the Qatar national team coach", he said. It's a great day for me and the players and the country.

The world can learn a lot from Japan, especially when it comes to cleanliness, courtesy and politeness.

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