The United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by former Korean national soccer team coach Paulo Bento, started its challenge for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup with a multi-goal victory. The UAE defeated Hong Kong 3-1 in the first match of Group C of the tournament held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 14th (local time).The UAE, with 3 points, was in second place in the group after Iran, which won 4-1 over Palestine in the following match. The UAE has been led by Coach Bento, who led Korea’s advancement to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, since July last year. The UAE has recorded 5 wins and 1 loss in international matches since Coach Bento took office.

The UAE has never won the Asian Cup, and its best result was a runner-up finish in the 1996 competition held in the country In Hong Kong, coach John Andersen, who led K League 1 Incheon United from 2018 to 2019, is taking charge from 2021.UAE took the lead in the 34th minute of the first half with a penalty kick by Sultan Adil Alamiri .Hong Kong’s Chan Shu-kwan scored an equalizer in the 49th minute of the second half, but the UAE took the lead again three minutes later with a goal by Said Sultan, and in extra time in the second half, Yahya Al-Ghasani scored a penalty kick, sealing the victory Iran won 4-1 against Palestine in the same group match held at the Education City Stadium in Doha.

Iran, which ranks 21st in the FIFA rankings and is the second-highest among Asian countries after Japan (17th), is attempting to win the title for the fourth time in total and for the first time in 48 years since the 1976 tournament held in its country. Iran took a large lead in the first half with consecutive goals by Karim Ansarifard in the 2nd minute, Shoja Khalilzadeh in the 12th minute, and Mehdi Gayedi in the 38th minute.

Palestine’s Tamer Seyam scored a consolation goal in extra time in the first half, but that was it .Iran won 4-1 when Sardar Azmoun scored with his left foot in a mixed situation at goal in the 10th minute of the second half .Azmoun, Iran’s top star playing for AS Roma in Italy, scored 10 minutes after being brought on at the start of 슬롯게이밍 the second half.

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