In a last minute change, Syria ended their Asian Cup journey, while Palestine finished at the third place in Group B. Yet, Palestine didn’t qualified yet to the next stage.
Iran, Iraq & Saudi Arabia completed their qualification for the knockout stage, preparing for the groups’ last matchday that will present the Gulf War, the football version.
Palestine wished to make another great performance, this time against Australia. Unfortunately, it was too far from that.
The Middle East is celebrating as Jordan is the first team to qualify for the next stage after defeating Syria. The UAE is looking to join them in the next match.
The Asian Cup group stage first round is done, and the Middle Eastern teams have struggled to produce enough quality.
A dramatic win for Iraq against Vietnam, Saudi Arabia easily defeated North Korea. It was another day of fascinating football from West Asia.
The Asian Cup will be a great test for Qatar before the 2022 World Cup. One of the players that will try to lead the team in the tournament will be Boualem Khoukhi, the player that turned down call-ups from Algeria in order to represent Qatar.
It was an expected show of Iran against Yemen, but for both of the teams it was much more than that.
Jordan, Syria and Palestine made the second day of the Asian Cup interesting. The Levantine teams were never exciting like they are today.
The UAE was ready for their opening match, but almost got surprised by Bahrain. Uri Levy with a disappointing evening for the host nation.