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Asian Cup: Qatar beat UAE 4-0 as hosts' fans throw shoes at players

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Qatar midfielder Salem Al-Hajri was hit on the head after his side's third goal

Qatar beat hosts United Arab Emirates 4-0 to reach the final of the Asian Cup in a game that witnessed UAE fans throwing shoes at opposition players.

The home fans threw bottles and sandals as Qatar players celebrated their goals during the game in Abu Dhabi.

The Qatar national anthem was also loudly booed by home fans amid political tensions between the nations.

Qatar has been cut off by some of its Arab neighbours, including the UAE, over its alleged support for terrorism.

"It wasn't an easy situation," said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.

"The players were aware there was going to be a lot of pressure but they managed their emotions quite well. I'm very proud of them."

Boualem Khoukhi put Qatar, the hosts for the 2022 World Cup, in front in the eighth minute before Almoez Ali increased the lead later in the first half with his eighth goal of the tournament.

Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail added further goals after the break as Qatar reached the Asian Cup final for the first time.

They will play four-time winners Japan in the final on Friday.

'Shoe-throwing and humbling scoreline will not be forgotten in a hurry'

BBC Sport's Mani Djazmi in the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium:

Before the match, it was impossible to gauge the mood of the crowd as any prospect of an organic atmosphere developing was squashed flat by a deafening sound system.

But the hearty booing of the Qatari national anthem left no doubt. The tone had been set.

But apart from booing a few early touches, the Emiratis seemed more interested in supporting their own team.

That lasted 37 minutes.

After the Asian Cup's leading goalscorer, Almoez Ali, curled in a shot to make it 2-0, his celebration was met with several shoes thrown by the crowd.

In the Middle East, being attacked by a shoe is considered to be the ultimate insult because it implies that the victim is lower than the dirt on the bottom of a shoe.

For the rest of the game, plastic missiles were regularly aimed at corner takers but it was after Qatar went 3-0 up through Hasan Al-Haydos that the crowd really let itself down.

Many more shoes flew onto the pitch, causing a significant delay to the match and the home players to implore their fans to stop.

The shoe-throwing won't be forgotten in a hurry, and neither will Qatar's humbling of one of its blockaders - in either country.

Line-ups

Qatar

  • 1Al Sheeb
  • 2Carvalho Deus CorreiaSubstituted forAl Muhazaat 90+4'minutes
  • 16Khoukhi
  • 4Salman
  • 3Hassan Fadlalla
  • 23Madibo
  • 14Al Hajri
  • 10Al Haydos
  • 12BoudiafBooked at 62mins
  • 11AfifSubstituted forKhaleefa Hamidat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Zainalabiddin AbdullaSubstituted forAl Aaeldin Abdelmotaalat 86'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 7Al Aaeldin Abdelmotaal
  • 8Khaleefa Hamid
  • 9Mohammed
  • 13Al Muhaza
  • 17Fahmi Mostafa
  • 18Rashid Abdallah Al-Ali
  • 20Afif Yahya
  • 21Mohamed Ali
  • 22Albakri

UAE

  • 17Mohamed Bilal Saeed
  • 9Al Ahbabi
  • 19AhmedBooked at 90mins
  • 6Juma Al Saadi
  • 3Abbas Murad Yousuf Al-Balooshi
  • 13Esmaeel
  • 5Al HammadiSubstituted forAl Mekhaini Al Junaibiat 45'minutesBooked at 55mins
  • 2Salmin Al Balushi
  • 20Al ShemeiliSubstituted forAbdulrahmanat 70'minutes
  • 7Al Hajeri
  • 15Al HamadiSubstituted forAl Junaibiat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Khaseif Housani
  • 8Al Ahmadi
  • 10Al Mekhaini Al Junaibi
  • 11Al Junaibi
  • 12Khalfan Khairi Alhammadi
  • 14Khalfan Almesmari
  • 16Abdulrahman
  • 18Qutaif
  • 21Khalfan Al-Rezzi Al-Shamsi
  • 22Mohamed
Referee:
César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos
Attendance:
38,646

Match Stats

Home TeamQatarAway TeamUAE
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 29th January 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1UAE31204225
2Thailand311135-24
3Bahrain31112204
4India31024403

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Jordan32103037
2Australia32016336
3Palestine302103-32
4Syria301225-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1South Korea33004049
2China32015326
3Kyrgyzstan31024403
4Philippines300317-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iran32107077
2Iraq32106247
3Vietnam310245-13
4Yemen3003010-100

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Qatar3300100109
2Saudi Arabia32016246
3Lebanon310245-13
4North Korea3003114-130

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan33006339
2Uzbekistan32017346
3Oman31024403
4Turkmenistan3003310-70
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