Qatar come from behind to shock Iran in the Asia Cup and spark jubilant scenes in Doha… setting up final of the underdogs against Jordan

  • The tournament hosts had trailed in the game but came back to secure victory
  • They will look to go back-to-back in the competition having won the 2019 edition
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Defending champions Qatar have reached the final of the Asian Cup after coming from behind to defeat Iran.

The result sparked jubilant scenes in the stands as the host nation’s place in Saturday’s final, with the host nation now backed by many to go back-to-back in the tournament.

Supporters inside the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha looked to the heavens and embraced as the referee blew the full time whistle, with players falling to their knees in celebration.

The holders will take on Jordan in the final, with the underdogs securing a shock win over South Korea on Tuesday to book their place in the final for the first time ever.

Iran, meanwhile, were favourites to lift the trophy following South Korea’s exit, but are knocked out in the semi-finals despite leading twice in the game.

Qatar have set up a final of the underdogs in the Asia Cup after beating Iran in the semi-finals

The host nation came from behind to secure victory, with Almoez Ali (centre) netting the winning goal

The host nation came from behind to secure victory, with Almoez Ali (centre) netting the winning goal

It will be the final of the underdogs in Lusail, in the same stadium that hosted the 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France.

Neither Jordan nor Qatar were backed to win their respective semi-final ties, but did just that and the tournament will now see either a first-time winner or the champions successfully defend their title.

In Qatar’s win, they went behind after just four minutes when Sardar Azmoun opened the scoring for what was essentially the away side inside the ground.

Jaseem Gaber Abdulsallam however equalised, with Akram Afif giving them the lead just before half time.

A penalty from Alireza Jahanbakhsh brought the game all square just after the break, however, only for Almoez Ali to net the winner eight minutes from time.

Iran’s Shojae Khalilzadeh went sent off deep into stoppage time to rub salt into the wounds.

Qatar were backed by thousands in the stands, with Saturday’s final to take place in the same stadium as the 2022 World Cup final

The game will be against Jordan, who have reached the final for the first time after beating South Korea

The match was the second time in a row Qatar had snuck through to the next round, with Felix Sanchez’s side needing penalties to beat Uzbekistan at the quarter-final stage.

They are yet to lose in the competition, having secured a perfect record in the group stage before beating Palestine in the last 16.

Jordan, meanwhile, defeated South Korea on Tuesday, winning 2-0 having already beaten Tajikstan and Iraq in the knock-out stages.