Written By Jacobs Dunga
Qatar have successfully defended their Asian Cup title thanks to a tough victory over Jordan.
Tintin Marquez has followed in the footsteps of compatriot Felix Sanchez by leading Qatar to Asian Cup success.
The 62 year old was only appointed coach of the team on the 6th of December, just over a month before the commencement of the tournament.
Against all odds given the limited time for preparations, the Barcelona born tactician has done the unthinkable by leading The Maroons to a successful defence of their title.
Qatar went about the defence of their title unbeaten having qualified with maximum points from the group without conceding a single goal.
Palestine, Uzbekistan and Iran completed the list of beaten oppositions en route the final cracker where Jordan’s dream was shattered before their own eyes.
Jordan had only lost once in the tournament prior to kickoff on Saturday but Qatar made sure of supremacy with a hard fought victory.
Qatar join an illustrious list of multiple winners and become the first side to defend the title since Japan in 2004.
The journey to the title defence wasn’t an easy one as different episodes combined in the march to victory.
Jordan proved a difficult opposition in the final but could not complete a historic run as they missed out at the final hurdle.
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Akram Afif won and converted a penalty in the 22nd minute to send the crowd into ecstasy.
Jordan tried to get back in the first half but the Qatari defence stood resolute and rebuffed every single attack from the opposition.
The second half started with Jordan on the front foot as they searched for the equalizer.
Houssaine Ammouta’s side got their deserved reward in the 67th minute when Yazan Al Naimat finished to level scores.
Just six minutes later, Akram Afif restored the hosts’ lead again from the penalty spot.
Afif would complete his hat trick in the fourth minute of added time with yet another goal from twelve yards.
The Lusail Stadium was sent into raptures at the final whistle as Qatar successfully defended the title they won in the UAE in 2019.
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