Qatar and UAE in semi-final of AFC Asian Cup 2019!
Well nobody would have predicted that semifinal of Asia’s biggest football competition before the start of tournament. But yeah, both United Arab Emirates and Qatar national football teams have done remarkable job in the 2019 Asian Cup to make sure one of them will be playing final match on 1st February.
2022 world cup hosts Qatar have shown the character that no team can take light as they beat Korea Republic in their last quarterfinal match to seal first-ever semi-final berth. Qatari team will have to play really good to win semifinal clash as UAE are coming into this knockout be defeating title defenders Australia.
Leading goal scorer of the tournament, Almoez Ali will be key player for Qatar team against United Arab Emirates. Ali has been exceptional with his game and can turn around the match in team’s favor. He scored four goals in the group match against North Korea and since group matches, he hasn’t scored single goal in knockouts. And this is the worry and concerned area for Qatari team.
The good news is that without support of Ali, Qatar defeated top teams like Iraq and South Korea in knockout matches. Al-Rawi and Hatem scored match winning goals for Qatar in previous two games to make sure team’s smooth path to semifinal.
One more Ali will be crucial to decide the result of 2nd semifinal. This Ali comes from UAE, Ali Mabkhout who has scored four goals so far in the competition and he’ll be biggest threat for Qatar team on Tuesday’s clash. He’s been scoring goals on regular basis in the competition. Mabkhout scored brilliant goal against Socceroos in the quarterfinal while made top class goal against Kyrgyzstan in Round of 16.
UAE team is not only depending on Ali but Esmaeel, Mubarak and Khalil are also key players in the playing lineup.
Saad Al Sheeb, Ro-Ro, Bassam Al-Rawi, Tarek Salman, Salem Al-Hajri, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdulkarim Al-Ali, Hassan Al-Haydos, Abdulaziz Hatem, Akram Afif, Almoez Ali.
Khalid Eisa, Bandar Al-Ahbabi, Khalifa Mubarak, Ismail Ahmed, Al Hassan Saleh, Khamis Esmaeel, Ali Salmeen, Amer Abdulrahman, Ismail Matar, Khalfan Mubarak, Ali Mabkhout.
Both teams look equal in head to head contest and as per Sports Mirchi predictions, United Arab Emirates will start 2nd semifinal of AFC Asian Cup 2019 as favorites against Qatar and they have 55 percent win chances. Predicted scoreline could be 2-1 in favor of UAE.