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AFC Asian Cup 2023 Semi-Final: Iran vs Qatar: All time head-to-head record

Published at :February 7, 2024 at 11:13 PM
Modified at :February 7, 2024 at 11:13 PM
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Yash Pratap Singh


Iran has the upper hand with 17 victories to their name.

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 is just one step away from its ultimate game as four teams prepare for the semi-finals. Iran will face off against the defending champions and hosts Qatar in the second semi-final on Wednesday.

Iran sent shock waves across the world as they knocked out title favorites Japan in the quarter-final. Qatar on the other hand managed to keep their title charge alive after an intense penalty shootout against Uzbekistan.

Historical significance: Iran dominate the head-to-head records

Iran and Qatar’s first clash dates back to 2nd December, 1988 when the two teams came across each other at the 1988 AFC Asian cup. Iran got the better of Qatar with a comfortable 2-0 win. 

Since then, both sides have played each other 24 times with their latest meeting coming at the 2023 Jordan International friendly tournament where Iran crushed Qatar in a 4-0 encounter. The rivalry has produced many unforgettable moments over the years.

Head-to-head record: Iran lead with a very good margin

In 26 meetings between the two sides, Iran has the upper hand with 17 victories to their name. Qatar has managed to win just four games while five matches have ended in a draw. Moreover, Iran has not lost a single match against Qatar since 2009 and have won all of their last six matches. It speaks volume about how strong team Iran have been against Qatar.

AFC Asian Cup Semi-Final Showdown: One step away from the ultimate game

The semi-final clash will present both sides with an opportunity to seal a place in the final. Both teams have produced some eye-catching moments at the tournament and are expected to do the same in the semi-final.

Iran shocked title contenders Japan while Qatar survived a penalty shootout against Uzbekistan. It has been a challenging and testing Asian Cup for both the teams which sets up the perfect tone going into the semi-final.

Iran come into the game as favorites, thanks to their better head-to-head record against Qatar. But, underestimating Qatar would not be justified because they have also put up a good show at the tournament so far. Moreover, Qatar will have an added pressure because they are the hosts and the defending champions of the tournament.

Iran vs Qatar: All Meetings

02 Dec, 1988: Qatar 0-2 Iran (AFC Asian Cup)

17 May 1996: Iran 2-0 Qatar (International Friendly)

01 Jun 1996: Qatar 0-1 Iran (International Friendly)

03 Oct 1997: Iran 3-0 Qatar (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

07 Nov 1997: Qatar 2-0 Iran (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

27 Sep 2000: Qatar 1-2 Iran (International Friendly)

01 Aug 2001: Qatar 2-1 Iran (International Friendly)

08 Apr 2002: Iran 2-1 Qatar (West Asian Games)

18 Feb 2004: Iran 3-1 Qatar (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

13 Oct 2004: Qatar 2-3 Iran (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

24 Mar 2007: Qatar 0-1 Iran (International Friendly)

10 Jan 2008: Qatar 0-0 Iran (International Friendly)

11 Aug 2008: Iran 6-1 Qatar (West Asian Football Federation Championship)

09 Nov 2008: Qatar 0-1 Iran (International Friendly)

28 Dec 2009: Qatar 3-2 Iran (International Friendly)

28 Dec 2010: Qatar 0-0 Iran (International Friendly)

06 Sep 2011: Qatar 1-1 Iran (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

29 Feb 2012: Iran 2-2 Qatar (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

12 Jun 2012: Iran 0-0 Qatar (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

04 Jun 2013: Qatar 0-1 Iran (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

15 Jan 2015: Qatar 0-1 Iran (AFC Asian Cup)

01 Sep 2016: Iran 2-0 Qatar (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

23 Mar 2017: Qatar 0-1 Iran (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

31 Dec 2018: Qatar 1-2 Iran (International Friendly)

17 Oct 2023: Iran 4-0 Qatar (Jordan International Friendly Tournament)

Iran vs Qatar: Overall Head-to-Head record

Played: 26

Iran win: 17

Qatar win: 4

Draw: 5

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