The finals for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 are here and we cannot wait to find out who will be crowned the champions of Asia. It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.
In total, 24 nations from across the continent fought it out in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between January 5 and February 1, in order to decide who takes the prestigious trophy home.
Under this new format, the finalists would contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams.
Two Asian Goliaths met on the field in the Semifinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
However, the match between Japan and Iran tilted one way more than the other, with the latter the heavy favorites to progress. However, the Samurai Blue put on a masterclass themselves to dump their opponents out of the competition.
Not many had expected Hajime Moriyasu to steer his side through to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final. The former Japan U-23 coach has proven to be the worthy candidate to lead the Samurai Blue.
Many had allotted the ‘favorites’ tag to Iran before the match even began. However, soon after the referee blew his whistle, it became clear that Japan were not to be taken for granted.
And so, just like that, the most ‘boring’ side in the tournament got the better of one of the most lethal ones by outscoring Iran, with 3-0. As a result, they will now face either Qatar or UAE for a chance to lift yet another title this Friday?
AFC Asian Cup / Shoco Sports News 2019.