AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Predictions: Which Teams Have The Most Chances Of Reaching The Semi-Finals
After weeks of intense matches brimming with drama and passion, the 2024 AFC Asian Cup is on its way to the quarterfinals. We at Alley Sport are here to cover the AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Predictions. Eight teams will compete fiercely over the next four days to earn a berth in the semi-final of the largest athletic event in Asia.
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Tajikistan, making their tournament debut, extended their incredible run by defeating Asian giants UAE on penalties in the round of 16. Normal time ended with a 1-1 tie between the two teams. Five minutes into stoppage time, Khalifa Al Hammadi cancelled off Vahdat Hanonov’s opening goal for the Persian Lions in the thirtyth minute.
During the shootout, Tajikistan eliminated all five of the Sons of Zayed’s attempts, while Caio Canedo failed to make it to the final eight. In the meantime, Jordan, who placed third in Group E after earning four points in three games, defeated Iraq in the first round of elimination after barely making it through to the knockout stages based on goal differential. Read the AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Predictions till the end.
Yazan Al-Naimat gave the Chivalrous Ones a 1-0 lead shortly before halftime, but a second-half comeback by the Lions of Mesopotamia completely changed the course of the match. Jordan scored two goals in stoppage time when they were about to be eliminated: Yazan Al-Arab in the 95th minute and Nizar Al-Rashdan two minutes later.
The Middle Eastern team advanced to the tournament’s last eight for the first time since 2011 with their thrilling victory. After a spectacular first campaign, Tajikistan has no fear of anyone. Although Jordan is the stronger team and is favoured going into the match, the Persian Lions shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Despite their eagerness to cause another upset, the Chvalrous Ones (Jordan) should win this one in the end, if narrowly. Read the AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Predictions till the end.
Iran cruised through the group stages once more after winning all three of their matches, but the courageous Syrian squad gave them a real run for their money. Before being substituted during stoppage time, Omar Khribin cancelled off Mehdi Taremi’s first-half goal for Team Melli just beyond the hour mark.
After extra time ran out and there were no goals to separate the teams, Iran advanced in a penalty shootout, winning 5-3. Japan, however, who unexpectedly came in second behind Iraq in Group D, easily defeated Bahrain 3-1. They led thanks to Ritsua Doan, then doubled that lead with Takefusa Kubo.
Ayase Ueda’s goal moments later solidified Japan’s victory, but goalie Zion Suzuki’s own goal gave the Reds a chance to rally. Iran will be optimistic about their prospects because they haven’t lost in over a year, but they need to be more clinical than they were in the last game when Team Melli managed to put 12 shots on goal but only managed to score one.
Japan understands and won’t undervalue Iran because they are not Bahrain. Expect a cagey match rather than exciting goalmouth action as the two top-ranked teams in the competition square off. An intense fight may ensue, with the Samurai Blue emerging victorious.
Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, have left their stamp on the continental competition despite their lacklustre performance at home. Following a 2-1 comeback victory over Palestine in the round of 16, the Maroons became victorious from Group A after winning all three of their group matches.
Hassan Al-Haydos of Qatar equalised in extra time after Oday Dabbagh gave Palestine a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. The match was turned around by Akram Afif’s penalty kick early in the second half, leading the defending Asian champions to victory. Read the AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Predictions till the end.
However, Uzbekistan defeated Thailand 2-1 in the round of 16. Just before the hour, Supachok Sarachat cancelled out Azizbek Turgunboev’s first-half opening for the White Wolves, but Abbosbek Fayzullaev gave Uzbekistan the lead again after just seven minutes.
With a perfect tournament record, Qatar is the squad in form going into this game. They have a potent offensive style, and they will rely on goal-scoring talismans like Almoez Ali and Akram Afif to help them overcome Uzbekistan. Although the White Wolves are not to be taken lightly, we predict that they will not win this elimination match.
Australia has made quite a strong run into the AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals under Graham Arnold’s leadership. A stalemate with Uzbekistan and a crushing of Indonesia in the Round of 16 ensued after back-to-back triumphs to nil over Syria and India.
Their next opponent is a South Korean team that stunned Saudi Arabia the other day by forcing a penalty shootout to decide the match in the 99th minute. Australia seems like a strong pick to win because they are a team that has established itself as a competitive squad playing against a very weak Korean team.
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