Qatar shock South Korea 1-0 to reach Asian Cup semifinal

Qatar’s midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim, center, celebrates his winning goal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-final between South Korea and Qatar at Zayed Sports City, in Abu Dhabi. (AFP)
Updated 25 January 2019

Qatar shock South Korea 1-0 to reach Asian Cup semifinal

  • South Korea were looking to end 59 years of hurt in the tournament but missed a string of second-half chances in Abu Dhabi before Abdelaziz Hatim’s hammer blow after 78 minutes
  • It took the Koreans until three minutes into the second half to register a shot on target, Hwang Ui-jo forcing a low save from Saad Al-Sheeb from the edge of the box

ABU DHABI: Abdelaziz Hatim fired a late winner as Qatar stunned title-chasing South Korea 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup semifinals for the first time on Friday.
South Korea were looking to end 59 years of hurt in the tournament but missed a string of second-half chances in Abu Dhabi before Hatim’s hammer blow after 78 minutes.
It took the Koreans until three minutes into the second half to register a shot on target, Hwang Ui-jo forcing a low save from Saad Al-Sheeb from the edge of the box.
Lee Chung-yong then blazed wide and captain Son Heung-min was denied by Al-Sheeb before Kim Jin-su’s free kick smacked against the post.
That wastefulness came back to haunt them when Hatim smashed a long-range rocket past goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory.
Hwang thought he had equalized two minutes later, only to be given offside — a decision upheld by the video assistant referee.
Qatar’s semifinal opponents will be either hosts United Arab Emirates or holders Australia, meeting in Al-Ain later on Friday.


Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

Updated 13 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

  • Gulf football unions will meet on Wednesday to discuss redraw date
  • Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times

RIYADH: The national teams of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain will participate in the upcoming Gulf Cup to be held in Qatar on Nov. 24 to Dec. 6, according to a report from Elaph.
The online newspaper reported that the Gulf football unions will meet at a meeting of the Arab Gulf Cup Federation on Wednesday to discuss a date for the new draw of fixtures for the tournament.
Originally, only Oman as winners of the 2018 edition, Iraq, Yemen and Kuwait had agreed to play in the tournament.
Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times, the last time in 2003, while UAE have two titles to their name — in 2007 and 2013.
The Kingdom, the UAE and Bahrain, along with Egypt and Jordan started a diplomatic boycott of Qatar in 2017, who they accuse of supporting and funding terrorist organizations.