Qatar defeated Jordan 3-1 in the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on the 11th (Korea time).
Qatar won the title for the second consecutive championship after winning the title for the first time in 2019. It added significance by lifting the trophy at the championship held in its home country.
Qatar was recorded as the fifth country to win two Asian Cups in a row. Earlier, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Japan won two consecutive championships.
Jordan, who advanced to the final by beating South Korea 2-0 in the semifinals, had to settle for the runner-up spot.
Akram Afif (27, Al-Sad SC), dubbed Qatar’s “Sala,” is the winner.
He completed a hat-trick with only a penalty in the final against Jordan.
Afif scored as many as eight goals and three assists in this tournament, and was named the MVP after the top scorer, Yeonggwang.
Afif, who scored one goal and 10 assists in the 2019 tournament, made his name known in this tournament.
In the final match, Afif drew attention with his magic ceremony. After scoring a goal, he took out a card with his image engraved on it from his shin protector and waved his hand, and soon there was an alphabet “S” that was not in the card.
It was a ceremony for his wife. “S” is the first letter of his wife’s name.