Qatar face off with Uzbekistan at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
Having failed to impress at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on home turf, hosts Qatar have certainly made a mark at the continental tournament.
The Maroons won all three of their group matches to secure the top spot in Group A before seeing off Palestine in a 2-1 comeback win in the round of 16.
Oday Dabbagh scored in the 37th minute as Palestine went 1-0 up but Hassan Al-Haydos equalized for Qatar in added time. Early into the second half, Akram Afif converted a penalty to turn the match around as the reigning Asian champions continued their title defense.
On the other hand, Uzbekistan overcame Thailand 2-1 in the last-16. Azizbek Turgunboev’s first-half opener for the White Wolves was canceled out by Supachok Sarachat just before the hour mark, but Abbosbek Fayzullaev restored the lead for Uzbekistan just seven minutes later.