The atmosphere was quite ugly. Iranian ace Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto) and Qatari fans clash.
Iran came from behind to defeat Qatar 2-3 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qatar 2023 at the Altoumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Monday (Aug. 8). It ended Iran’s chances of winning the tournament for the first time in 48 years. 안전카지노사이트 Iran hasn’t won the tournament since winning three consecutive titles in 1968, 1972, and 1976.
It was a disappointing result for Iran. While Qatar was the host and defending champion, Iran was the better team. In the FIFA rankings, Iran is ranked 21st and Qatar 58th. In particular, Iran took the lead through Sardar Azmoun (AS Roma), but conceded back-to-back goals to fall behind. With the score tied 2-2 in the 37th minute, Qatari striker Almoez Ali (Al Duhail SC) scored the game-winner.
When the final whistle blew, the Iranian players dropped to the ground in disbelief. Some Iranian fans were in tears.
On the Qatari side of the stands, things got ugly when Iranian striker Taremi suddenly lost his cool and went towards the Qatari fans. Taremi was quite angry. He shouted at the Qatari fans and tried to run towards them. Luckily, the situation was calmed down after nearly 10 Qatari players rushed over and tackled him.
It seems that there was a clash between the Qatari fans and the referee over the result. As Goal.com reported, “Apart from the missed goal, things got heated when the referee blew the final whistle. He approached the Qatari fans in the stands and threatened them. He shouted insults in anger, and the Qatari fans responded with boos and taunts. The Qatari players defused the situation by calming them down.”
The Iranian players then walked off the field with their heads down. The Qatari players and fans cheered. The Al Thumama stadium was still buzzing after the game. In the end, the final boiled down to a showdown between Jordan and Qatar. Jordan is looking to win its first ever Asian Cup quarterfinal after reaching its first ever title. Qatar will be looking to win their second consecutive title. The highly-anticipated final will take place at Lusail Stadium in Al Dhaain, Qatar, on June 11 at 0:00 am.