Hosts Qatar ease past Lebanon to open Asian Cup

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Andrew MCKIRDY | AFP
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Fri, 2024-01-12 18:23

DOHA: Defending champions and hosts Qatar got their Asian Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 3-0 win over Lebanon in the tournament’s opening game on Friday.
Akram Afif rifled in a shot on the stroke of half-time to put the 2022 World Cup hosts ahead, before Almoez Ali doubled their lead after the break and Afif bagged a late third.
Over 80,000 fans initially packed into the Lusail Stadium, where a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina beat France on penalties in the World Cup final 13 months ago.

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