February 24th, 2024

Afif hat trick secures Qatar back-to-back Asian Cup titles after 3-1 win against Jordan


By James Robson, The Associated Press on February 10, 2024.

Qatar's Yusuf Abdurisag, left, and Jordan's Ehsan Haddad vie for the ball during the Asian Cup final soccer match between Qatar and Jordan at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) – Akram Afif scored a hat trick of penalties to secure back-to-back Asian Cup titles for Qatar in a 3-1 win against Jordan on Saturday.

The forward struck in the first half of the final and then twice after the break at Lusail Stadium to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with eight goals.

Yazan Al Naimat had leveled the game in the second half, but Qatar was awarded two penalties on video review and Afif showed no nerves to convert on both occasions.

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James Robson is at https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson

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