1/29/2019 10:47:52 PM (GMT+3)

Qatar crush UAE's arrogance with a 4-0 semifinal win

Qatar crush UAE

ABU DHABI: Qatar crushed UAE's arrogance with a 4-0 scoreline here at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday to set up a final showdown in the AFC Asian Cup final.

A stirring first-half performance – which saw Boualem Khoukhi break the deadlock and Almoez Ali notch a record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament – laid the foundation for the victory which was helped by late strikes from Hassan Al Haydos and Hamid Ismaeil.

The final will be played on Friday.

With left-back Abdelkarim Hassan and Assim Madibo returning from suspension, Qatar looked stronger, and they duly took the lead just eight minutes later when Khoukhi’s angled drive from 18 yards stunned the local fans.

Qatar doubled their lead in the 38th minute after Akram Afif found Almoez Ali, who advanced into the area before firing home to equal Ali Daei’s record for the most goals by a player at the continental event.

The 2022 World Cup hosts remained dangerous on the break and they duly added a third in the 81st minute when captain Al Haydos rounded off a delightful move by manoeuvring past Bandar Mohammed and clipping the ball over Eisa.

After the UAE’s Ismail Ahmed was shown a straight red card late on for dangerous play, substitute Ismaeil rounded off the scoring to emphatically confirm Qatar's place in the final.