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Qatar won the AFC Asian Cup 2024 with Afif’s penalty hat-trick

Qatar clinched their second consecutive Asian Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Jordan in a thrilling encounter at the Lusail Stadium on Saturday. The final match featured a brilliant display from Akram Afif, who not only finished as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals, but also secured Qatar’s victory with a hat-trick of penalties.

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Qatar clinched their second consecutive Asian Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Jordan (Source: Qatar Football Association)

dominated in the first half of Qatar

They took the lead in the 20th minute when Afif won a penalty following a challenge by Abdullah Nasib. Captain Hassan Al-Haydos was initially standing near the penalty spot, but passed the ball to Afif, who calmly converted it from the spot, Jordan’s first goal since their last-16 win over Iraq. Was. Afif’s celebration, including a card trick for the camera, added a personal touch to the historic moment.

Jordan showed hope of comeback in the second half

Jordan showed they were not giving up yet by scoring in the second half, with Yazan Al-Naimat equalizing with a superb first-touch finish. However, Qatar soon regained the lead when Afif converted another penalty following a VAR check for a foul on Mahmoud Al-Mardi. The ups and downs continued as Jordan pressed for an equaliser, but were forced to concede a third penalty in stoppage time to give Jordan victory. Afif dispatched it calmly, completing his hat-trick and sealing Qatar’s victory.

Afif’s hat-trick gave victory

Afif’s hat-trick gave lead in what was an exceptional performance from Afif, which earned him the Player of the Match and Most Valuable Player of the Tournament awards. His ability to remain composed under pressure was evident in converting all three penalties, demonstrating not only skill but mental strength.

Statement of coaches of both teams

Marquez Lopez acknowledged the tension in the high-stakes game and praised Afif. While acknowledging that the team had played great football, López stressed that the winners will be remembered.

Despite the defeat, Jordan’s coach Hussein Ammouta congratulated Qatar and praised the performance of his players. He expressed optimism for potential success, highlighting their confidence and opening up new horizons for future tournaments.

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Akram Afif’s hat-trick of penalties in the final not only secured the victory but also etched his name in the folklore of the tournament. The 3–1 victory demonstrated the resilience of the Qatari team and their ability to perform under pressure. As the home fans erupt in joy and anticipation of the future, the Asian Cup 2023 will be remembered as a tournament full of unforgettable moments and Qatar’s triumphant journey to lift the trophy once again.

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