Joy as Qatar makes football history with Asian Cup win | News | Al Jazeera
A bitter political rift between Qatar and Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates meant Qataris were barred from attending the tournament, with their national team forced to play almost entirely without fans and, in the match against the UAE, a hostile crowd hurling shoes, slippers and water bottles at the Qatari players.
“Today we made history for our country, we need to be very proud about our achievement,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.
“This result doesn’t come from nothing,” said defender Bassam Al-Rawi, the other player whose eligibility was questioned by the UAE.
“It came with lot of effort. It came from determination. It came from immense hard work on the pitch. We were able to win today because we took all the chances.”
Since joining other Arab countries in cutting diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Doha in 2017, the UAE has warned residents that expressing sympathy for Qatar could lead to fines and imprisonment.
Petite sélection de commentaires sur la finale de la Coupe d’Asie qui scelle l’éclatante victoire du #qatar contre les #émirats et l’#arabie_saoudite dans la très longue #nuit_torride. (Oui, c’est un peu abscons mais ça me permet d’archiver !)