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Top five moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023

Published at :February 13, 2024 at 7:19 PM
Modified at :February 13, 2024 at 7:20 PM
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Samannay Sen

Qatar made history by becoming the third team ever to successfully defend their AFC Asian Cup title.

As the AFC Asian Cup 2023 comes to an end with hosts Qatar crowned as champions, there were many crucial moments in the competition. Qatar secured their second AFC Asian Cup title by defeating Jordan in the final of the competition on Saturday (10 February), retaining their crown.

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 was a spectacle of footballing excellence, showcasing the best talent from across Asia and delivering unforgettable moments that will be etched in the annals of football history. As the tournament unfolded, fans were treated to a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from nail-biting matches to awe-inspiring displays of skill.

From some spectacular goals to phenomenal comebacks, the competition offered a lot of entertainment to the fans. Let’s have a look at the top five moments which defined this thrilling competition.

5. Tajikistan kicked out the United Arab Emirates on penalties

Top 5 moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023 Tajikistan beat UAE
Tajikistan celebrating their win over UAE. (Courtesy: AFC)

Tajikistan came into the tournament as both debutants and underdogs. In a dramatic showdown, t stunheyned the football world by eliminating the United Arab Emirates on penalties. The underdog succeeded against the odds, showcasing resilience and determination that exemplified the spirit of the tournament. This historic victory underscored the unpredictable nature of football and the potential for unexpected upsets on the grandest stage.

4. Son Heung-min’s stunning extra-time free-kick in the quarter-final

Top 5 moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023 South Korea Australia Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min celebrating his late goal against Australia. (Courtesy: AFC)

South Korean superstar and skipper Son Heung-min delivered a moment of brilliance with a stunning extra-time free-kick during the quarter-final clash against Australia. Australia initially took the lead but South Korea made a comeback. Son’s impeccable technique and precision left spectators in wonder as the ball sailed into the back of the net, securing a crucial victory for his team. It was a perfect moment for Son and South Korea who were labelled favorites to march into the semi-finals.

3. Late penalty knocks Japan out

Top 5 moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023 Iran beat Japan Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Jahanbakhsh after putting the final nail in Japan’s coffin. (Courtesy: AFC)

Although Japan were the favorite in the quarter-final clash against Iran, an added-time penalty by Alireza Jahanbakhsh knocked out the Samurai Blue. Japan were one of the contenders for the cup and were looking strong. The tension was profound as Jahanbakhsh kept his nerve to seal a historic victory for his team, sending shockwaves throughout Asian football. This unforgettable moment showcased the drama and unpredictability of the game.

2. Jordan’s comeback

Top 5 moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023 Jordan beat Iraq controversy
Jordan players and staff celebrating their win over Iraq. (Courtesy: AFC)

Jordan’s journey in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 was defined by a remarkable comeback that captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Jordan finished third in their group and qualified for the round of 16. Their incredible comeback against one of the strongest oppositions Iraq (from going down 2-1 to clinching victory by 3-2) was a real proud moment for them.

Facing adversity, Jordan displayed resilience and determination as they fought back from behind to secure victory in a thrilling match. Their journey to the final included a win against debutants Tajikistan in the quarter-finals and a flamboyant performance to knock out Son’s South Korea. Their never-say-die attitude and untiring spirit personified the true essence of football, inspiring fans and players alike.

1. Qatar’s consecutive AFC Asian Cup wins

Top 5 moments from AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qatar champions
Qatar players and staff after the final whistle. (Courtesy: AFC)

Hosts Qatar were crowned champions after they defeated Jordan in the final. As a result, they etched their name in the history books by securing their successive title.

With two AFC Asian Cup wins in a row, Qatar solidified their status as a footballing powerhouse in the Asian region. Their extraordinary achievement will be remembered as a testament to their dedication and commitment to excellence.

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