Akram Afif scored a hat-trick of penalties as Qatar beat Jordan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final at Lusail Stadium.
The result meant hosts Qatar became the fifth team to win back-to-back Asian titles, having also triumphed in 2019.
Yazan Al-Naimat’s second-half goal had levelled matters after Afif had dispatched a first-half penalty.
However, Afif scored twice more from the spot in the closing stages after video assistant referee checks to finish the tournament with eight goals.
Jordan had been aiming to win the Asian Cup for the first time having stunned South Korea 2-0 in the semi-finals to reach their first final.
But Qatar were awarded their first spot-kick of the game when Afif was felled in the box by Abdallah Nasib after running on to Lucas Mendes’ pass.
Afif found the bottom corner to cap a terrific first-half display, but Jordan improved in the second period and deservedly restored parity when Ihsan Haddad’s pass was collected in his stride by Yazan Al-Naimat, who skipped away from his marker before rifling a vicious drive past goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham.
Jordan were on level terms for only six minutes, however, Afif converting his second penalty of the game against the run of play after Ismaeel Mohammad was fouled by Mahmoud Al-Mardi.
Jordan fans’ hopes were raised when 13 minutes of additional time were indicated by the fourth official, but the video assistant referee awarded Qatar their third penalty of contest when Afif was felled by goalkeeper Yazeed Abulaila after beating Jordan’s offside trap.
Afif kept his composure once again to spark jubilant scenes among the majority of fans inside Lusail Stadium, as Qatar became the first team to defend their Asian Cup crown since Japan in 2004.
- 1AbulailaBooked at 90mins
- 5Al Arab
- 17Al AjalinBooked at 45mins
- 21Al Rashdan
- 8Al Rawabdeh
- 13Al MardiSubstituted forRatib Salehat 80′minutes
- 10Sulaiman Al Tamari
- 11Al NaimatBooked at 86mins
- 9Ali OlwanBooked at 18minsSubstituted forHammad Al Awadatat 90+5′minutes
- 2Abu Hasheesh
- 4Mousa Marie
- 12Al Fakhouri
- 14Fadel Hasan
- 18Ratib Saleh
- 19Bani Yaseen
- 22Al Juaidi
- 24Abu Jalboush
- 25Hammad Al Awadat
- 26Awad Saleh
- 22BarshamBooked at 90mins
- 3Ali Mohamed MukhtarSubstituted forKhoukhiat 81′minutes
- 4Jadoua Al Bayati
- 24AbdulsallamSubstituted forThaimn Qambarat 53′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 20Mansi Abdoulla
- 9Abdurisag YusufSubstituted forMohammadat 63′minutes
- 10Al HaydosSubstituted forMohammed Abdullahat 53′minutes
- 1Al Sheeb
- 2Carvalho Deus Correia
- 6Mohammed Abdullah
- 8Thaimn Qambar
- 15Ali Al Rawi
- 18Al Brake
- 21Mousa Hassan
- 25Al Ganehi
- Ning Ma