2019 AFC Asian Cup's Most Surprising Moments
- The most surprising moments from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
#2 Almoez Ali breaks a long-standing record from Ali Daei
A product of the ever-growing youth football program of Qatar, Almoez Ali rose from nowhere and helped his country win its first ever Asian Cup trophy with nine goals in the tournament, breaking the record of Ali Daei, who scored eight goals in the 1996 edition of the Asian Cup.
Being the top-scorer in the continental stage might be something he's getting accustomed to as he also finished as the top scorer in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship where he bagged six goals and played an instrumental role in Qatar's third-place finish in that tournament.
Though he faced some sort of controversy when UAE, after being dealt with a 4-0 defeat, filed a protest against Ali's eligibility to play for Qatar, it was dismissed by Asia's football governing body. This did not stop Ali from providing a stellar performance in the final where he broke Daei's record with a peach of a goal.
Ali's performance in the Asian Cup goes to show how well Qatar has been doing their grassroots program. The only question now is will he be able to continue this run of form until 2022 or will it just be a once-off awesome performance?Published 04 Feb 2019, 15:27 IST