On Wednesday, Almoez Ali fired Qatar into the Asian Cup final with a 3-2 win over Iran at Doha's Al Thumama Stadium.
Ali was the leading scorer when Qatar won the Asian Cup in 2019 but was overshadowed by strike partner Akram Afif this time.
Iran leveled the game again six minutes into the second half from the penalty spot as Alireza Jahanbakhsh converted after a handball from Ahmed Fathy.
Qatar’s dream of winning a second successive Asian title and doing it in front of their home crowd has reached its final destination after the hosts fought their way past Asian giants Iran in the second semifinal of the AFC Asian Cup 2023.
Host and defending champion Qatar will play Jordan in Saturday’s final at Lusail Stadium, where Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup for Argentina in 2022.