As eight Arab nations continue into the AFC Asian Cup’s round of 16, two have been left wondering what could have been.
Oman’s exit was a surprise. The other was a heartbreakingly familiar occurrence.
Lebanon’s experience at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup can only be described as humiliating, after failing to progress to the round of 16 in the 24-team tournament.
In the final group match, debutants Tajikistan not only fought to take Lebanon’s qualifying slot, but also outplayed them in every sector of the pitch.