Qatar made history Friday after beating tournament favourites Japan to lift the 2019 Asia Cup, their first ever title in world football.
The tiny oil-rich nation set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup shocked four-time champions Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup title.
Rave of the moment, Almoez Ali scored a record ninth goal of the competition before Abdulaziz Hatem made it 2-0 for Qatar on the stroke of half-time.
Most goals in a single #AsianCup campaign: 9⃣!
Al Moez Ali is your #AsianCup2019 top scorer, and he did it in style!
— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 1, 2019
Qatar, ranked 97th in the world, conceded for the first time in the tournament as Japan threatened a comeback after Takumi Minamino struck in the 69th minute.
But it was to be Qatar’s night as they weathered Japan’s storm and scored from the spot, albeit controversially – to settle the showpiece match and send their travelling fans into raptures.