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Asian Cup final: Ali breaks goals record as Qatar stun Japan

Qatar forward Almoez Ali seized a piece of Asian Cup history with a magnificent overhead kick in Friday's final victory over Japan.

Asian Cup final: Ali breaks goals record as Qatar stun Japan
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Almoez Ali broke an Asian Cup goals record in spectacular fashion as he netted the opener for Qatar in Friday's final win over Japan.

Coming into the showpiece match, breakout star Almoez had netted eight goals so far in the finals to tie Iran forward Ali Daei's single-tournament record from the 1996 edition.

Scores acrobatic goal to bring up record haul of nine

And Almoez took just 12 minutes at Zayed Sports City Stadium to take that honour outright with a stunning goal.

The forward controlled Akram Hassan Afif's cross from the left and teed himself up for a sublime overhead kick that clipped the post on its way into the net for his ninth of the tournament.

Qatar lift first Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi

Either side of a Takumi Minamino consolation for Japan, Abdulaziz Hatem and Akram Afif were also on the scoresheet for the Qataris as they triumphed 3-1 and claimed their first ever Asian Cup.


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