Possession football in the Asia Cup
Felix Sánchez, a Spanish coach, developed a Spanish football style in the 2019 Asian Cup. With a solid base on ball possession, Qatar achieved a convincing victory in the semifinals: 4-0 against the host, the Arab Emirates and a 3-1 against Japan in the final to proclaim Qatar Asian Cup Football Champions for the first time ever.
Seven wins in total on the way to the trophy – Lebanon, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, South Korea and the Arab Emirates – saw a perfect record of six clean sheets and seven wins, 19 goals in favor and only one goal conceded.
During the tournament, Sanchez explained that Qatar has been under pressure throughout the tournament as they build towards hosting the 2022 World Cup, but he had been delighted with the way his side had overcome that pressure. “I think that one of the key reasons for us reaching this stage of the competition is that the players have been aware of the pressure,” Sanchez said.
“In any competition, you have pressure as you need to get the right results. The team, I believe, has coped very well with the situation.
In the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final, Japan vs Qatar: Ali Almoez, Abdelaziz Hatim and Akram Hassan Afif scored a goal each to help Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the AFC Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi.
Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes. Ali became the first player to score nine goals at a single Asian Cup after only being cleared to play just hours before kickoff following a UAE protest over his eligibility.
Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, becoming the first Arab country to do so.