Asian Cup surprises result in a major Arab shock in the round of 16

Tajikistan national team caused a huge surprise after eliminating the UAE national team from the round of 16 in the 2023 Asian Cup by defeating them 5-4 on penalties.

The Tajik team took the lead in the 30th minute, but in the last moments, Khalifa Al Hammadi succeeded in making an adjustment, forcing the two teams to resort to extra time.

In extra time, the match was tied 1-1, and a penalty shootout was called for, in which Tajikistan won thanks to Kayo’s missed kick.

In this regard, it is noteworthy that this is the first participation of the Tajikistan national team in the Asian Cup in history, and that the promising team only achieved one victory, which was over Lebanon in the groups.

However, Tajikistan have now reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in a historic achievement, awaiting the winner of the Jordan-Iraq match scheduled for tomorrow.

The UAE team became the third Arab team to bid farewell to the Asian Cup, after Lebanon and Oman in the group stage, and perhaps their exit in this way against Tajikistan is very disappointing.

There are many questions regarding the future of coach Paulo Bento, especially after his quarrel with Ali Mabkhout and his exclusion despite the national team’s desperate need for its historic goalscorer.

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