Japan has emerged victorious in the Asian Cup, beating a plucky Australia side to conclude an exuberated tournament in Qatar.
The final – having ended 0-0 in normal time – was settled by a single left-foot volley from Tadanari Lee deep into extra-time.
While Australia made history in reaching its first final, an improving Japanese side was expected to win from the outset.
The result continues a remarkable run of success in the tournament for the team, with the nation having also taken the top prize 1992, 2000 and 2004.
Played in front of a capacity crowd in the majestic Khalifa Stadium, the event also created a tremendous buzz in the country ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
A total of 32 games were played in the most manicured of surroundings, with capacity crowds treated to high-quality football, spectacular goals and surprise results.
Speaking prior to kick-off Mohamed bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation, said: “If you ask me what is the impact of organising the World Cup in this region, that is very huge.
“The region will benefit from tourists. Economically, a lot of infrastructure is to be built. A lot of people are going to come to work for construction of this infrastructure.”
Speaking on Qatar’s ability to host such a huge event, Bin Hammam added: “I see a huge impact, including in the way that the game of football will be promoted - in a very huge way.”
Also in the Middle East today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Doha.
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