Qatar successfully defended their Asian Cup title as a hat-trick of penalties from Akram Afif saw the tournament hosts hand Jordan a 3-1 defeat in the final at Lusail Stadium on Saturday.

The title is Qatar’s second having won the trophy for the first time in 2019 and they become the first nation to complete back-to-back wins since Japan in 2004.

Afif put Qatar in front in the 22nd minute but Yazan Al-Naimat levelled midway through the second half, only for Afif to strike twice more from the spot in the 73rd and 95th minutes to seal victory for Marquez Lopez’s side.

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