It is time for its semi-final between Qatar and host country United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the AFC Asian Cup 2019, and excitement is in an all-time large.
The Qataris are favourites entering this one based in their form from the championship, but UAE are capable of pulling off a surprise or two as they did against Australia from the quarterfinals of their contest. So just how do these two sides line-up at the semi-final? We might have a small idea.
A welcome addition to the Qatari positions nevertheless is that of Abdel Karim Hassan who must fit right in thinking about the caliber he has. This Is the Way Qatar could line-up with this one:
In terms of the hosts, they endured a succession of accidents in the match against Australia, but may still have their most important players back in time, so this one can be a somewhat tricky prediction. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni does not have the type of choices his opponents do, however, he is capable of springing a surprise however.
Against UAE, Qatar set for hostile crowd in Asian Cup semi-final
Hamad al-Mansouri was sitting in a shisha cafe at Beirut watching his nationwide Qatari soccer team take on South Korea at the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup on TV.
The 37-year-old jumped off his seat when Abdelaziz Hatim scored the match-winning purpose, sending Qatar into the semi-finals of this championship for its first moment.
Mansouri, such as many other Qatari soccer lovers, has been not able to attend to the 24-nation championship at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because of some major diplomatic catastrophe.
As Qatar gets ready to deal with the hosts and former finalists before a home crowd in Abu Dhabi in 6pm local time (14:00 GMT) on Tuesday to get a place in the closing, there’s both rage and frustration among Qatari lovers.
“This is damaging us mentally,” Mansouri told Al Jazeera. “But if they really allowed us to proceed, I would not visit the UAE since we’re just so fearful of being in this location. It is so dangerous for all of us.”
Showing sympathy for Qatar is punishable from the UAE, using a prison term of up to 15 Decades