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Solid Qatar progress to quarter final tie against South Korea

A wonderfully struck free-kick from Bassam Alrawi early in the second half was enough to take Qatar into the quarter-finals at the expense of Iraq.

Qatar 1-0 Iraq: Asian Cup 2019, last 16, match report

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Qatar 1-0 Iraq live online: as it happened

A well drilled Qatar performance agaisnt an Iraq team who lacked the final pass and really failed to trouble the Qatar keeper during the 90' minutes. 2000, 2011 and now 2019, Qatar make it through to the quarter final stage of the Asian Cup for the third time.

90'+4'   So a South Korea vs Qatar quarter final is just seconds away....  That's it ... Qatar progress. A very professional performance from Felix Sanchez's men 

90'+3'   Free for the men in white as Bassam is carded. Last chance saloon for Iraq. Adnan to take.... easily dealt with by the men in maroon as the Iraq fans now sense that their tournament is coming to an end. 

90'   Ali has had a poor evening epitomised by poor control from the teenager as the clock ticks down with the goal bearing. 

90'   We'll have 4 minutes of added time. Can Iraq snatch a late equaliser? 

Karim on and Al.Haydos off for Qatar

89'   Iraq probe and launch a hopefull ball into the box but as has been the case on too many occasions tonight, the ball is over-hit. 

85'   Afif getting attention after the lunging challenge. Smiles on the Qatar bench as they sense that a third quarter final place at an Asian Cup is imminent.

Card for Hadi as he takes out Afif who was free... Could have (should have) been a straight red ?

84'   What can Iraq produce? A whipped corner is deflected as the ball whacks off Afif's face. Corner for Iraq, cleared and Iraq win yet another corner ball.

83'   Belated whistle as Iraq are awarded a dangerous free. Abdulkarim Hasan Fadlalla carded for his trouble too. 

82'   Qatar sitting very deep hoping to manage the game with quick counters. It will need to be something special from Iraq to break this resolute Qatari defence down. 

79'   Corner for Iraq. Better now for the Lions of Mesopotamia as they forge for an equaliser with time running out. 10' left in Abu Dhabi. Glancing header from Ahmad Ibrahim goes just wide....

76' Adnan to take for Iraq.... strikes and goes close .... inches wide from the Atlalanta chance for Iraq in this second period.  

75'   15' to go..... Iraq win a free as more players seem to be suffering with cramp

74'   Iraq looking very much like a side running on empty. The group game vs. Iran seems to be taking its toll both physically and emotionally on the men in white

74'   Possession: Qatar 53-47 Iraq (%) 


Attwan carded for a stamp

72'   Good build-up play from the men in maroon as Qatar forge for a second goal. Very much in the driving seat the  Al-Annabi

Iraq change: Al Mhwai off with No. 22 Sulaka the replacement

71'   Qatar press again..... 

69'   Ali breaks for Iraq and sees Al-Rawi nick the ball off his toe at a critical moment

68' Terrible luck as Iraq are forced to make a third change

68'   Iraq keeper Hassan now on the ground as Qatar go close again. 


Sub Husni is forced to be replaced as No. 19 Dawood comes on 

66'   Qatar presented with a chance to make it 2 but once again Afif fluffs his lines

62'   Total silence as the ball nestled in the net with only a handful of maroon fans in the stadium  

62'   Qatar 1-0 Iraq

Bassam Hisham rifles in from the free-kick 

60'   Dangerous free for Qatar as Afif is shoved in the back. Small contact but the No. 11 went to ground easily. Iraq with 4 in the wall. 

59'   More injury worries for Iraq as sub. Husni needs attention... 

58'   Tempo is still high in the game but both teams cancelling each one another out.

55' Huge call for a penalty for Iraq as Ali is tripped (or was he ...) in the box... nothing given by the official from Singapore but both sides using every element of gamesmanship to try and get an advantage.   

55'   Am not sure that South Korea have that much to worry about with these sides. Both show decent touches, but lack the finished product and delivery. 

53' Afif is free and in on goal, a shocking touch from the Qatari No. 11 leaves an easy pick up for the Iraq keeper

51'   Resan goes down and is clipped winning a dangerous free for Iraq. An element of a dive from the Iraqi player...3 in the wall for Qatar. Faez Atiyah strikes and the ball is high and wide...Poor effort!

50'   Adnan finds himself on the edge of the area pulling the ball down beautifully but runs out of ideas as the move breaks down for Iraq

48'   Early danger from Iraq as Husni delivers a fine cross but just cut out by the Qatar keeper. 

47'    Iraq coach Srecko Katanec gestures during the match

The sides are back on the pitch and Qatar start the action

And the Lions of Mesopotamia starting line-up 

The Qatar XI ahead of the game

So.... all to play for ...South Korea await in Friday's 1/4 final .. will it be Iraq or Qatar who they face? ...stay with us for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 action for find out in the next 45'.

45'   Late corner for Qatar as the ball hits the side of the post .... last minute of action ....Header fizzes just wide from Qatar as the ref. calls for the break.  

Qatar started the brighter and came close with Hasan Fadlalla striking the wood-work in the opening stage... Iraq have improved as they game has progressed but all to play for in the second 45'. 

Into the last minute of normal time.... Very "even Stephen" here as 3 minutes of time are set to be added

Qatar coach Felix Sanchez Bas looks on during the match

One of the few Qatar fans in the Al Nahyan stadium tonight 

42'   A potential 3-4 minutes to be added ? South Korea await the winners in the next stage ...

AIbrahim carded for Iraq and will miss the next stage should the Lions of Mesopotamia advance

38'   Qatar look extremely resilient in defence and it´s unsurprising that they have yet to ship a goal

36'   Ali tries a very, very long range shot and the ball fails to trouble the Qatar stopper. 

35'   The stretcher finally removes Tariq who is distraught ... the end of his 2019 Asian Cup it would appear.... a hamstring injury for the playmaker 

Change poised for Iraq as Tariq set to leave... Husni the replacement 

31' Dreadful delivery from Tariq but straightaway the No. 11 goes down... looks to be in trouble as he signals to the bench. The Esteghlal player is in tears as he leaves the pitch. A sad sight ...  

30'   Half hour possession stat: Qatar 65-35 Iraq (%)

28'   Iraq's let-down so far has been the delivery into the box, once again poor service from Tariq as they win a corner...also poorly struck from the Lions of Mesopotamia... 

27'   Iraq now well back in the game after earlier Qatar dominance 

27' Game is now back underway.... Al Sheeb back in action 

Ali booked for Iraq after a late challenge on the Qatari stopper Al Sheeb. Poor first touch from the teenager as a heavy knock deprived him of a gilt edge scoring chance on a one on one. Al Sheeb getting attention with play held up. The Qatari substitute keeper is warming up but it appears that Al Sheeb appears okay to carry on.

23'   Qatar keeper intercepts as Resan waits to pounce. 

Iraq fans making plenty of noise as a cacophony of chants and drums ring out 

21'   Iraq break but unable to deliver the final ball. Both sides using the counter attack, but to very limited effectivity so far.

19'   First danger from Iraq as Ali heads over. Just two goals to date in the competition from the promising 18-year-old

17'   A pattern developing now to the action with Qatar in possession as Iraq look to strike on the break with long balls looking for the legs of Mohaned Ali.

Possession: 58-42 (%) Qatar dominating

15'   Match official Muhammad Bin Jahari from Singapore has his work cut out tonight with plenty of simulation from both sides as they try and swing decisions their way. 

14'   Very high tempo to the action tonight. Expectation high for Qatar who have yet to concede in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup so far.

Card for Qatar's Madibo for a rash challenge. The Qatar No. 23 will now miss the quarter final should the men in maroon progress


10'   Very few Qatar fans in the ground tonight which is understandable given the strained relationship between both Qatar and host nation. 

The Al-Duhail player for Qatar has been one of the talking points of the competition so far bagging his 7 goals to date.

Don't forget VAR will be introduced for the next round of games 

7'   A silly push from Iraq's Ali as Qatar call for a penalty kick as Al-Moez goes down in the box....seems to have taken a dive .... ref waves play on .... 

6'   Bright start to the action with Qatar having the better of the (very) early stages

3'   Dangerous free-kick for Qatar, floated in as the ball falls to Hasan Fadlalla who fires the ball off the crossbar.

Patient build-up as Iraq fans make themselves heard. Not a full-house in Abu Dhabi but as we've seen at the Asian Cup, the stadia tend to fill as the game progresses.

Qatar the favourites with the bookmakers this evening. 

Off we go in Abu Dhabi... Qatar in all maroon with Iraq in their all white kit.

It's countdown time ....

All set in Abu Dhabi .... Coldplay as the teams prepare with kick-off seconds away .... 

Mohanad Ali is the danger man for Usood Al-Rafidain​ (Lions of Mesopotamia


No 19 for Qatar, Al Moez Ali is the man to watch tonight....already bagged secen goals at this AFC Asian Cup 

Iraq fans in fine voice this evening at the Al Nahyan stadium

South Korea have just made it through to the quarter final after an AET win over Bahrain. They now face the winner of today's game next Friday.  

We've got the team news... 

  As you'll be more than aware, this is the last of the matches to decide who completes the quarter-final line-up. Already confirmed we have: Vietnam vs Japan, China vs Iran, UAE vs Australia, and not long ago S. Korea confirmed their place. They will be watching this clash with much interest, while their weary limbs are attended to.

The venue for this evening's game is the Al-Nahyan Stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 12,000 after it was refurbished in 2006 after its original build in 1995. It is home to local club Al-Wahda, but has reached the heights of playing host to the World Cup Youth Championships in 2003. 

  Hello and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of Iraq vs Qatar in the last 16 of the 2019 Asian Cup. We're building up to kick-off which is 20:00 local time in Abu Dhabi, 17:00 CET.

Qatar vs Iraq live online: preview

The final game of the round of 16 sees Group D runners-up Iraq play Group E winners Qatar. Qatar's three wins in three, against Lebanon, North Korea and Saudi Arabia, saw Felix Sanchez's side score 10 goals without conceding. Their opponents in those games managed just three shots on target, fewer than any other side.

Iraq took six points from their games against Vietnam and Yemen before being held 0-0 by Iran, who claimed top spot to set up a clash with China. Having seen Jordan, another side boasting a perfect defensive record after three games, get knocked out by Vietnam on penalties, however, Iraq head coach Katanec says nothing is certain.

"Our form is good but we must be on our toes against Qatar," he said at a media conference. "Jordan went into their match against Vietnam having not conceded one goal but the first one they did was enough to eliminate them from the tournament."

"Qatar will be huge challenge as they are very adept in changing tactics and formations. My message to the players is that we must be quick to adjust to Qatar. We have been taking it one match at a time and I have not pressured the players by saying we must win. The players, however, are determined to give their countrymen joy and we will give our best against Qatar."

Former Barcelona youth coach Sanchez, who has worked his way through the Qatari ranks to his current position as senior team boss, acknowledges the importance of remaining focused for this next big challenge to avoid the same fate as Jordan.

"This is the knockout stage and it all boils down to one match. One defeat and we go home," he said at a media conference. "We too didn't concede a goal in the group stage but all that can change in an instance and we could be eliminated. This is something that we don't want to happen and the players know that there must be full concentration."