Qatar crush UAE 4-0 to reach Asian Cup final

Watch Qatar take on UAE in Asian Cup semi-final on giant screen

Watch Qatar take on UAE in Asian Cup semi-final on giant screen

Runners-up the last time they hosted the Asian Cup in 1996, UAE nearly pulled a goal back after the interval when Ali Mabkhout forced Saad Al-Sheeb into a fingertip save before Ahmed Khalil also tested Al-Sheeb's reflexes.

Doha erupted in celebration on Tuesday as jubilant Qataris and expatriates flooded the streets after their team's victory over bitter sporting and political rivals the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar overcame a hostile crowd atmosphere to register a resounding 4-0 win over UAE to book a maiden Asian Cup final.

"It wasn't an easy situation", said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.

The Qataris, however, have denied accusations that they support extremists.

UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni confirmed after the game that he was stepping down.

"We all made mistakes but everyone did their very best".

"But for us this match is better than the final, it's revenge for everything bad they (the Emiratis) have said".

Qatar eventually put the game beyond their opponents nine minutes from time - Hasan producing an exquisite dinked finish to beat Eisa when in the clear, with the goal followed by UAE fans throwing numerous bottles at the players as they celebrated.

"This is only a few people that you have to take in consideration."

"The game itself is arguably one of the most high profile Asian football matches in history", said Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Britain's Salford Business School.

"Any incident of this nature will be contained in the official match report which will then be investigated by the AFC", the soccer body said.

Poor goalkeeping allowed Qatar to take the lead through Boualem Khoukhi, but their second was a moment of brilliance from tournament top-scorer Almoez Ali, who grabbed his eighth goal to extend his team's advantage. The 22-year-old Ali will have a chance to break the record against Japan in the final on Friday.

The UAE played the final seconds with 10 men after Ismail Ahmed was sent off.

Four-time champion Japan has never lost when reaching the decider in an Asian Cup.

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