Qatar 3-1 Jordan: Afif’s hat-trick of penalties sees Asian Cup 2023 hosts retain title


Qatar retained their Asian Cup title as Akram Afif scored a hat-trick from the penalty spot to seal a 3-1 win over Jordan in Saturday’s final.

Afif kept his cool three times from 12 yards at the Lusail Stadium to complete his first international hat-trick and become the first player to score one goal in an Asian Cup final.

Yazan Al Naimat brilliantly pulled first-time runners-up Jordan level when he canceled out Afif’s first free-kick in the 67th minute.

Still, with the help of VAR, referee Ming Na correctly awarded two more penalties the hosts’ way, with Afif’s composure ensuring Qatar became the first team since Japan in 2004 to win back-to-back Asian Cup titles.

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