The biggest contenders to win the title, Iran, passed their first test in the Asian Cup knockout stage against Oman. After a great group stage performance, Jordan failed to defeat Vietnam.
Qatar completed the group stage with another clean sheet and a win against rivals Saudi Arabia. Lebanon won against North Korea, but missed the knockout stage by a single yellow card.
Japan defeated Uzbekistan and qualified from the first place to the next round. A dramatic goal by Oman in the 94th minute brought them to the round of 16.
The Qatari players made a magnificent performance today against weak North Korea. It was a match that will make you remember Ali Almoez and Akram Afif.
While the tournament will take place in the Emirates, 12 teams from the Middle East will try to conquer Asia and win the tournament. This is the Western Asia team-by-team preview for the Asian Cup.