Live streaming qatar vs united arab emirates on 29 January 2019.
Reaching their fourth Asian Cup semi-finals, hosts UAE will be eager to atone for the national team’s penalty shootout defeat in the final of the last home-based AFC Asian Cup (AAC) tournament, way back in 1996. Japan are waiting in the final, either Qatar or United arab emirates will be a final match as a host.
The UAE have conceded just four goals across their five AAC matches this tournament, opening the scoring on four occasions and showing extra-time mettle against Kyrgyzstan. Wrestling their way past the favoured Australia in the quarter-finals, despite conceding 22 shots, should also do wonders for their confidence.
Now just three years from their first World Cup, Qatar have shaken off some poor recent form to storm their way through to a maiden semi-finals appearance in the AAC. Like more-esteemed AFC zone rivals Iran, Qatar have progressed through this Asian Cup without conceding a single goal in five matches.
Eight of their 12 goals have arrived after half-time and they lead the tournament by a long way when it comes to shooting accuracy, with 29% of their 56 shots landing on target. However, they have lost all four H2H meetings played this decade, and all by a margin of two or more goals.
Players to watch: Ali Ahmed Mabkout (UAE) has been busy throughout the tournament, managing 16 shots for four goals. Meanwhile, Sudanese-born Almoez Ali (Qatar) remains firmly on-course to win the Golden Boot, with seven goals to his name.
Stat attack: Nine of the UAE’s last ten fixtures have produced under 2.5 total goals (inc. friendlies).
The UAE have trailed at half-time in nine of their fixtures since the beginning of 2017, and lost all nine.
Both teams have scored in just one of Qatar’s last nine fixtures.
Referee: Ramos C. A. (Mex),
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi)