UAE 'downgrades' Asian Cup 2019 closing ceremony after Qatar win

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UAE 'downgrades' Asian Cup 2019 closing ceremony after Qatar win

Not a single senior UAE official was available to hand medals to the victorious Qatar football team in the closing ceremony of the Asian Cup 2019. 

Elaborate plans to feature some of the region's biggest stars including Hussein al-Jesmi were also scrapped at the last minute, according to reports. 

Had another team won, all things considered, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed would have by and by granted the top prize in the continent's premier prestige football event. 

Despite the fact that the progressing Saudi-Emirati barricade made it about unimaginable for Qatar fans to be at the challenge - even the group themselves were not permitted to fly direct to the UAE and needed to travel by means of Kuwait - a little gathering of Omani fans had bolstered the Annabis all through the competition. 

While there was no playing of the Qatar national hymn, the group kept running from the prize-offering platform to celebrate with their fans from Oman, and a few players waved Omani banners nearby those of Qatar in gratitude to the travelling supporters. 

"I have no words," said coach Felix Sanchez Bas following the amusement. "We had an outstanding team and worked a lot." 

Qatar, the dark horses of the Asian Cup 2019, won the competition after a wonderful record-breaking run that saw the group yield only one goal. 

Qatar beat Japan, who had recently won the mainland title multiple times, by three objectives to one out of a strained diversion that saw some surprising objectives. 

The United Arab Emirates has set Qatar under a strict financial bar for as far back as year and a half, shutting provincial airspace to Qatar flights, and compromising everything from dumping atomic waste off Qatar's shores to out and out military attack. 

The trophy was handed to Qatar's winning team by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, while AFC officials were also well represented among the awarding party. 

UAE dignitaries were remarkable by their nonattendance from the platform, with the nation having embraced various endeavors to end Qatar's kept running in the competition - from square purchasing 18,000 tickets to the semi-last, guaranteeing barely any Qatar fans could get a seat, to griping harshly about the qualification of Qatari players. 


Ali Almoez's minute goal from an extraordinary overhead kick - his back to the guardian - set the phase for Qatar's first half strength. A second, a twisting shot from Abdulaziz Hatem, in the 27th moment, gave the Japanese Blue Samurais a close unimaginable focus to pursue. 

Yet, the second half observed Japan play with reestablished assurance, finishing Qatar's spotless sheet in the competition in the 69th moment with an objective from Takumi Minamino. 

But a penalty taken by Akram Afif for Qatar ended Japanese dreams of a fifth title in the 83rd minute. 

Goalkeeper Saad el-Sheeb grabbed $10,000 for the competition's best goalkeeper grant, while Almoez Ali was given the best goalscorer grant - additionally worth $10,000 - for his record-breaking nine goals in the competition, and got a check for $30,000 for the most valuable player award.