Qatar has for the first time reached the final of the Asian Championships. The host of the 2022 world Cup won in the semi-final in Abu Dhabi against the host United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3:0 (2:0).

The goals for Qatar scored Boualem Khoukhi (22. Minute), Almoez Ali (37.) as well as Hasan Al Haydos (80.) and Hamid Ismaeil (94.). The Emirati Ismail Ahmed saw in the 92. Minute due to an elbow blow to the Red card. In the finals, the Qataris meeting on Friday (kick-off: 15 PM) in Japan, the beat in the semi-finals Iran 3:0 (0:0).

After the second and the third goal, Qatar, viewers shoes and bottles on the jubilant players. The Shoe is a sign of the contempt is to throw in the Arab culture.

The game between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates already ahead of the game by the political situation had been overshadowed. Together with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, the UAE broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a Blockade against the Gulf state.

Qatari Fans were in Abu Dhabi in the stadium. Sympathy expressions are banned in the UAE by law and will be punished with up to 15 years in prison. “We will proceed vigorously against any sympathies or any kind of bias for Qatar shows,” said attorney-General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi.


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