) Palestine caught the “two rabbits” of advancing to the round of 16 with its first-ever victory in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
The Palestinians defeated Hong Kong 3-0 in their third and final Group C match of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Monday (Korea time). It is the first time that a Palestinian has won an Asian Cup.랭크카지노도메인
Palestine, which previously competed in the finals of the 2015 tournament (3 losses) and the 2019 tournament (2 draws and 1 loss), won its first historic victory in its third tournament and finished the group stage with one win, one draw and one loss (4 points).
Palestine had 4 points (zero goal difference), the same as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which lost 1-2 to Iran (nine points), and ranked third in the group in goal difference.
However, the team made the top four teams ranking third in six groups, and has even qualified for the round of 16. The lowest point for a third-ranked team that can advance to the round of 16 is three.
It is also the first time that Palestine has reached the round of 16 at the Asian Cup. On the other hand, Hong Kong, led by Norwegian coach Yerne Andersen, who led Incheon United between 2018 and 2019, suffered three losses and suffered the elimination of the group stage in fourth place.
Palestine, which won the game in the 12th minute of the first half with Oday Daba’s header, opened the lead with Jade Kunbar’s header additional goal in the 5th minute of the second half. When Tamer Seyam’s mid-range shot hit the crossbar in the 15th minute of the second half, Daba pushed it back from the front of the net and scored a wedge goal with his multiple goals, ending the 3-0 victory.
The UAE, led by Paulo Bento, who led the Korean national soccer team at the same time, lost 1-2 against Iran at the Alaiyan Education City Stadium amid the disappointment of missing the penalty kick.
While Iran, which has won three consecutive games (9 points), advanced to the round of 16 as the group’s top-ranked player, UAE beat Palestine in goal difference and held a ticket to the round of 16 as the group’s second-ranked player.
Bento, who was sent off after strongly protesting against the decision in the second group match against Palestine, went on a “remote command” from the stands.
During the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Bento was ordered to leave in the second group match against Ghana and watched the third group match against Portugal from the stands, recreating that day.
The UAE finished the first half 0-1 after Iran’s Mehdi Taremi scored the first goal in the 26th minute. In counterattack, UAE had a chance to tie after Yahya al-Gasani induced a penalty kick in the 14th minute. However, Al-Gasani’s right footed shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, failing to score.
The UAE lost to Iran’s Taremi for the second time in the 20th minute of the second half, and Algazani scored the follow-up goal in the extra time of the second half, but there was not enough time to turn the game around. The UAE will face Tajikistan, the second in Group A, in the round of 16.
Tajikistan’s power is one step below UAE, so it is possible to advance to the quarterfinals.
Syria, which came in third place after beating India 1-0 in the final Group B match held at Al-Zanub Stadium in Al-Wakra the previous day, also confirmed its advance to the round of 16. Syria, which has accumulated four points with one win, one draw and one loss, will be able to win one ticket to the round of 16 given to the top four teams among the top three teams in each group.