Technology Foiled Lebanon's Special Moment Of Joy

Nitish Bhan  |  Asian Cup  |  2 Months Ago

VAR proved to be the villain for Lebanon in their Group E match against Qatar, as it ruled out their first goal which they scored after a hiatus of twenty years. Miodrag Radulovic’s side was really disappointed to be denied by technology, as they seemed to have taken the lead in this match against Qatar.


Lebanon looked solid in the first half, for a team playing their first Asian Cup game since 2000. This is their maiden Asian Cup campaign on foreign soil and they created plenty of space pushing forward, mainly on the right wing.


With only ten minutes remaining in the first half, it was really unfortunate that the Cedars were denied. Maatouk’s corner fell to Ali Hamam, who put the ball into the back of the net beating Saad Al Sheeb. The goal was eventually ruled out for a foul on Tarek Salman, which was as close as they could come to scoring.

The second half did not go as per plan and it was Qatar who dominated the match, scoring twice and making it rather a lopsided affair.


Bassam Al-Rawi drew first blood for Qatar in the 65th minute. The defender smashed the ball into the back of the net, beating Mehdi Khalil to make it 1-0.


Almoez Ali tapped the ball home from the point-blank range, completing the victory for Qatar. A two-goal cushion proved to be an extremely superior margin for Lebanon, who failed to stitch more than a couple of passes in the second half.


Lebanon’s special moment of unhinged ecstasy was cut short by the advancement of technology. However, it was the same technology that shielded Qatar from conceding a goal which needed much more than emotions to get into the net.


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