AFC Asian Cup 2nd Semi-Final, Qatar 4-0 UAE

AFC Asian Cup 2nd Semi-Final, Qatar 4-0 UAE



Qatar today became the second team to register their place for the finals and they did so by defeating UAE 4-0. Qatar enters to their first ever Asian Cup final and improving than their previous best performance which was in 1984, 1988 where they finished fifth twice and finished third both the times in group stages but there was no quarterfinal at the time and only top two teams were selected from two groups for semis so, Qatar missed out but in 2011 Qatar were the host nation and played the quarterfinal for the first time but lost to Japan 3-2 (because quarterfinal format was added after UAE, 1996) and today Qatar enters to the final of the Asian Cup and will be hoping to win the 2011 rematch.

UAE started playing football in 1972 and played first ever game against Qatar and due to their late start of playing competitive football thus, UAE missed out first six Asian Cups (1956-1972) and played their first one in the next edition of 1976 (Kuwait) and from there on it was never looking back for UAE as the team qualified for semi-finals four-times after this and getting the best finish of runner up in 1996 and today UAE lost their fourth semi-final but before going home they knocked out the defending champions Australia 1-0 in quarterfinals which is simply awesome and host nation UAE cleared the controversy of Potential attendance issue as before the tournament, UAE had problems of attendance in the past (1996 Asian Cup) as the first edition reached only 448,000 attendance and questions were asked that whether 2019 edition will face the same problem, but thanks to AFC as after today’s match overall attendance reached 568,885 and UAE already have crossed last year’s figure of 448,000 and we still have one match reaming and which is an amazing job by AFC officials.

Qatar’s third goal was scored Almoz Ali who today equalled Iran’s Ali Daei’s record of 8 goals in 6 games and Daei’s record was made in 1996 where UAE hosted the Asian cup for the first time and surprisingly 22 years later in the same country and tournament a 22 years old broke the record.For the first time in an Asian Cup both semi-finalist reached the final by scoring three or more goals with Japan winning against Iran 3-0 and today Qatar winning against the host 4-0, remarkable achievement by the two and today along with AFC president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, FIFA president, Gianni Infantino was also present.

Now both the finalist will have two days rest until the final will be played on 1st February, Japan have never lost an Asian Cup Final and Qatar have never played in an Asian Cup Final, only time will say who will win it and until next time Wadaeaan.

January 30, 2019

Bengaluru FC Vs NEUFC Preview, Match 64

Bengaluru FC Vs NEUFC Preview, Match 64



The Blues are getting ready to face the highlanders tomorrow, this match will play big role for the semi-finals as Bengaluru FC can overtake Mumbai City FC with whom they have been tied at 27 points and if North East United wins then they will not overtake the blues but what it will do is that it will increase the gap between fourth placed FC Goa and third placed NEUFC to 5 points, compared to the current gap of two points.

Bengaluru’s unbeaten run in the tournament was finally broken by leader Mumbai City FC in a 1-0 win and remembering the loss coach Carles Cuadrat said “We should have won in the home game against Bengaluru. We are on the edge of qualifying and we must win. Bengaluru need to win as they are just coming from their first defeat. They should not be worried.”
Football is generally known as a team game but sometimes it needs a spark which can light up the whole team and bring it together and same is the case of North East United’s unbelievable run as the club came back to existence this season after Skipper Bartholomew Ogbeche scored ten goals for the season, including a second fastest Hat-trick, scored against Chennaiyin FC within 10 minutes and it took him only one season to overtake former highest scorer Nicolas Velez for being highest goal scorer of all time and he is currently joint top scorer of the tournament, sharing the feat with FC Goa’s Ferran Corominas and Ogbeche role will be crucial for tomorrow’s match.
“Ogbeche, Corominas, (Moudou) Sogou are all fantastic strikers and important players for their teams. We have played a lot of games without Miku, and we've managed to grind out results, so I am very happy,” here Coach Charles Cuadrat pressured on Miku because he won’t be able to play tomorrow’s game which can make a huge difference.

Bengaluru is known for its possession-based football under the Spaniard, Schattorie’s NorthEast will pose a difficult threat in midfield due to NorthEast’s efficient passes and they are the most successful when it comes to passes (for this season) and Bengaluru are the only team who have more clean sheets than NEUFC and following the big match, North East Manager Eelco Schattorie said, “I’m sure they’ll be well prepared to come back from a defeat. But the issue for Bengaluru is the absence of their main striker, which is not good for any team. But we are lucky that he (Miku) is not playing. It will be a tight game and I’m very excited to see what will happen.”

Bengaluru FC Vs North East United FC match will start from tomorrow 7:30PM at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.

January 30, 2019

1st Semi Final AFC Asian Cup 2019 Japan vs Iran

1st Semi Final AFC Asian Cup 2019 Japan vs Iran



Today is the most important day for both the nations as Japan and Iran get fired up for the upcoming Semi Final.
Japan all set to play their second last match of the tournament and possibly last if the win today against Iran (ranked 29th) which is ranked 21 places higher than Japan (ranked 50th) and is still the highest ranked team in Asia. Both teams are Group toppers, Iran in Group D and Japan in Group F but the difference is only in points as Japan have grabbed all the points in Group stages (9 points) compared to Iran’s 7 points .

The 2019 Asian Cup knockout stages have witnessed only two penalties till now and both coming in quarterfinal and it is 8 years since we last saw a penalty shoot-out in the semis and that was in 2011 Qatar, surprisingly Japan was the team who’s match was decided through penalties after the game remained 2-2 till extra time and Japan won the penalties 3-0 against arch rivals South Korea and eventually won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup for the fourth time can they do it today after progressing against Iran.
Talking about Iran then they might not have the most wins in the tournament but surely they are hammering every opponent they face and scoring a minimum of 2 goals in every match, they have managed 5 clean sheets in all the matches they have played till quarters which is an astounding number and the only team which had challenged them was Iraq because Iran failed to score any goal against the oil producing nation and settled for 0-0 draw.
Below is the path of both the nations to Semi-Finals:

Iran National Men’s Football Team:                     Japan National Men’s Football Team:           

Group Stages:                                                     
Round 1: Won 5-0 against Yemen.                      Round1: Won 3-2 against Turkmenistan
Round 2: Won 2:0 against Vietnam.                    Round 2: Won 0-1 against Oman  
Round 3: Draw 0-0 against Iraq.                          Round 3: Won 2-1 against Uzbekistan

Knockouts:                                                           
Round of 16: Won 2-0 against Oman.                 Round of 16: Won 0-1 against Saudi Arabia
Quarter-Finals: Won 3-0 against China.              Quarterfinals: Won 1-0 against Vietnam
 
The first semi-final will begin from 2:00 PM GMT and second semi-final of Qatar Vs Host UAE will be played tomorrow, same time.
 
 

January 28, 2019

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