AFC Asian Cup final: Jordan vs Qatar team news, lineups, prediction

Defending champions Qatar aim to become the eighth host country to lift the trophy

By Web Desk
February 09, 2024
Jordan surprised South Korea with a 2-0 victory in their semi-final fixture, while Qatar secured a 3-2 win over Iran - AFC Asian Cup/X

Making their debut in an Asian Cup final, Jordan will compete against the hosts Qatar on Saturday, with the latter aiming to be only the second repeat winners this century.

The Jordanians surprised South Korea with a 2-0 victory in their semi-final fixture, while Qatar secured a 3-2 win over Iran in a closely contested match.

Hussein Ammouta implemented a brilliant tactical plan, executed to perfection by his players, who managed to prevent the Korean side, ranked 23rd by FIFA and boasting some of the region's most talented attackers, from creating any on-target efforts.

After a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Iraq (3-2) in the round of 16, Jordan has shown improved defensive stability, keeping consecutive clean sheets.

The Chivalrous have reached the final of two Asian tournaments this century but lost both. Their last competitive final victory was at the 1999 Arab Games, where they defeated Iraq on penalties.

On Wednesday, Qatari supporters witnessed a thrilling semi-final at Al Thumama Stadium with numerous chances in a match that went down to the wire.

A 4th-minute goal by the Iranians put the hosts behind for the first time in an Asian Cup fixture since the 2015 group stage. However, they secured their first-ever win at this competition in normal time after conceding the opening goal.

Their 82nd-minute goal proved to be just enough to overcome Iran, who fought until the bitter end, hitting the woodwork in the dying moments of second-half stoppage time despite being a man down.

As a result, Qatar is the first host nation to reach the final of this competition since Australia in 2015 and aim to become the eighth host country to lift the trophy, with China in 2004 being the only side to have lost the final match on home soil.

Team News

There were four changes to the Jordan lineup in their semi-final triumph as Bara' Marei, Nizar Al-Rashdan, and Mohammad Abu Hasheesh replaced Salem Al-Ajalin, Rajaei Ayed, and Ali Olwan.

Ihsan Haddad can collect his 75th cap with the national team on Saturday, and Mohammad Abu Zrayq will be seeking his 25th appearance.

Yazan Al-Naimat and Musa Al-Taamari netted their team-leading third goals of the competition on Tuesday, while Yazid Abulaila picked up his third clean sheet of the tournament.

Salah Zakaria is still carrying an unknown injury and is the only one likely unavailable for Qatar heading into the final on Saturday.

There were two newcomers in Qatar starting 11 against Iran, with Yusuf Abdurisag and Homam Ahmed replacing Hassan Al-Haydos and Tarek Salman.

Jassem Gaber netted his first international goal, Almoez Ali scored his second of the tournament, and Akram Afif put home his fifth of the competition, which is one fewer than Aymen Hussein for the most at this tournament.

Predicted Lineups

Jordan: Abulaila; Nasib, Al-Arab, Marei; Haddad, Al-Rashdan, Al-Rawabdeh, Abu Hasheesh; Al-Taamari, Olwan; Al-Naimat

Qatar: Barsham; Ro-Ro, Mendes, Mukhtar, Waad; Gaber, Fatehi, Al-Haydos, Ahmed; Ali, Afif


The final of a significant tournament can always be unpredictable, and we anticipate a closely contested match, with neither side willing to take too many risks.

Both sides have discovered various methods to secure victories in this competition, but Qatar possesses a few more individuals capable of producing a moment of magic, and often, that is what makes the difference in these matches.

Jordan 0-1 Qatar