• Qatar e book first-ever semi-final spot with Korea Republic win
  • Hosts UAE edge holders Australia
  • The 2 groups be a part of Japan and IR Iran in ultimate 4

Qatar and hosts United Arab Emirates each shocked Korea Republic and event holders Australia in 1-Zero wins to advance to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals.

FIFA.com critiques the second day of quarter-final motion.

Korea Republic 0-1 Qatar
Zayed Sports activities Metropolis Stadium, Abu Dhabi

When it got here to Qatar followers, it was a case of fine issues come to those that wait. A veritable slow-burner of a sport lastly totally ignited within the ultimate 12 minutes, handing the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosts their first ever Asian Cup semi-final spot. Korea Republic had grown into the second half after a tepid opening part, with Kim Jinsu cracking the surface of the woodwork with a free-kick. This appeared to gentle the blue contact paper.

Moments later, out of nothing Abdelaziz Hatem struck a luxurious, swerving low effort that rocketed into the underside nook. Solely his second aim in a decade of pulling on the Qatar shirt, it was little question his most vital. Nevertheless, inside seconds, Hwang Uijo noticed an equaliser chalked off for offside, earlier than Boalem Khouki’s acrobatic scissor-kick nearly put the Qataris into dream land. However they’re little question proud of the ultimate 4 being their vacation spot.

United Arab Emirates 1-Zero Australia
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Seeking to avenge their semi-final defeat of 4 years in the past, the hosts locked horns with the reigning champions in a full of life encounter. Whereas each exuded positivity, changing possibilities was the best preliminary problem. Ismail Al Hamadi and Apostolos Giannou each examined their respective keepers earlier than Ali Mabkhout headed over an amazing alternative on the stroke of half-time.

Having introduced the Socceroos to life within the final spherical, Mathew Leckie nearly repeated the feat, slipping Giannou by to fit house – just for the previous to be flagged offside. No danger of that when UAE struck, nevertheless, with Mabkhout latching onto a rogue back-pass from Milos Degenek, with the hosts’ No7 rounding Mathew Ryan to steer them onto the highway to the semi-finals. Australia rapped on the door looking for an equaliser, however UAE simply held agency.

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IR Iran-Japan, 28 January, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Qatar-United Arab Emirates, 29 January, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi


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