2019 AFC Asian Cup Group E

Group E of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup took place from 8 to 17 January 2019.[1] The group consisted of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, and North Korea.[2] The top two teams, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, advanced to the round of 16.[3] The third-placed team, Lebanon missed out qualification to the knockout stage by fair play points to Vietnam.

Saudi Arabia was the only former champion in the group, having won three Asian Cup titles (1984, 1988 and 1996).

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Zone Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
April 2018[nb 1] December 2018
E1   Saudi Arabia WAFF Second Round Group A winners 24 March 2016 10th 2015 (group stage) Winners (1984, 1988, 1996) 70 69
E2   Qatar WAFF Second Round Group C winners 17 November 2015 10th 2015 (group stage) Quarter-finals (2000, 2011) 101 93
E3   Lebanon WAFF Third Round Group B winners 10 November 2017 2nd 2000 (group stage) Group stage (2000) 82 81
E4   North Korea EAFF Third Round Group B runners-up 27 March 2018 5th 2015 (group stage) Fourth place (1980) 112 109
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of April 2018 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Qatar 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
3   Lebanon 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group E, Qatar, advanced to play the runners-up of Group D, Iraq.
  • The runners-up of Group E, Saudi Arabia, advanced to play the winners of Group F, Japan.

MatchesEdit

All times listed are GST (UTC+4).

Saudi Arabia vs North KoreaEdit

The first chance of the game came in the 13th minute through Abdulaziz Al-Bishi’s left-footed strike which just missed the target. In the 28th minute, Hattan Bahebri dribbled past Ri Il-jin and sent a curler from the left to give Saudi Arabia the lead. Housain Al-Mogahwi’s free-kick from just outside the box sailed into the box and Mohammed Al-Fatil diverted it into the net with a back heel to double Saudi Arabia's advantage. Just a minute before the break Han Kwang-song received a second yellow card for a tackle on Al-Mogahwi, and North Korea were reduced to 10 men. North Korea came close in the 64th minute through skipper Jong Il-gwan but the Saudi defenders regrouped to deny him. Moments later, Saudi Arabia had a missed opportunity with Fahad Al-Muwallad sidestepping defender Kim Chol-bom and goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk, but his shot flew wide. In the 70th minute, Salem Al-Dawsari was left unmarked and the Saudi captain made no mistake from the centre of the box to make it 3–0. In the 87th minute, defender Kim Song-gi failed to clear Hamdan Al-Shamrani’s cross into the box, and Al-Muwallad slammed the ball into the back of the net to seal Saudi Arabia's first opening AFC Asian Cup match win since they emerged champions in 1996.[4]

Saudi Arabia  4–0  North Korea
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Attendance: 5,075
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North Korea
GK 21 Mohammed Al-Owais
RB 2 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 4 Ali Al-Bulaihi
CB 23 Mohammed Al-Fatil
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani   82'
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf
RM 11 Hattan Bahebri   78'
CM 10 Salem Al-Dawsari (c)   45+1'
CM 20 Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   71'
LM 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad
Substitutions:
MF 18 Abdulrahman Ghareeb   71'
FW 9 Mohammed Al-Saiari   78'
DF 12 Hamdan Al-Shamrani   82'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi
 
GK 1 Ri Myong-guk
CB 4 Kim Song-gi
CB 5 An Song-il   46'
CB 23 Ri Il-jin   53'
RWB 2 Kim Chol-bom   32'
LWB 3 Jang Kuk-chol   56'
RM 7 Han Kwang-song   36'   44'
CM 15 Ri Un-chol
CM 16 Ri Yong-jik   90+1'
LM 11 Jong Il-gwan (c)   90'
CF 10 Pak Kwang-ryong
Substitutions:
MF 12 Kim Kyong-hun   46'
DF 17 Ri Chang-ho   56'
FW 19 Rim Kwang-hyok   90+1'
Manager:
Kim Yong-jun

Man of the Match:
Salem Al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)

Assistant referees:
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Anton Shchetinin (Australia)
Fourth official:
Sergei Grishchenko (Kyrgyzstan)
Additional assistant referees:
Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)
Chris Beath (Australia)

Qatar vs LebanonEdit

 
Lebanon's Felix Michel Melki vies for the ball with Qatar's forward Akram Afif.

In the 37th minute, Ali Hamam raced off to celebrate with his teammates after slotting Hassan Maatouk’s corner into the Qatari goal, only for the referee to blow the whistle for a foul on Tarek Salman. Maatouk pulled the trigger on an effort of his own just before half-time, but his scissor kick flew high over the bar. Two minutes after the hour mark, the 2018 AFC Player of the Year, Abdelkarim Hassan was introduced from the bench for Abdulkarim Al-Ali and within three minutes the Qataris took the lead from Bassam Al-Rawi's strike from a free kick. The defender sent a dipping curling right-footed effort over the wall and beyond the outstretched hand of Mehdi Khalil. Qatar added a second with 11 minutes remaining. Hassan’s driving run created space for Akram Afif and, when the winger received the ball, his centre found Abdulaziz Hatem, whose shot was saved by Kahlil. But Almoez Ali was on hand to roll the ball into the empty net to ensure a winning start to the campaign for Qatar.[5]

Qatar  2–0  Lebanon
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Attendance: 7,847
Referee: Ma Ning (China PR)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lebanon
GK 1 Saad Al Sheeb
CB 2 Ró-Ró
CB 4 Tarek Salman
CB 15 Bassam Al-Rawi
RM 23 Assim Madibo
CM 16 Boualem Khoukhi
CM 12 Karim Boudiaf   56'
LM 18 Abdulkarim Al-Ali   62'
RW 10 Hassan Al-Haydos (c)   85'
CF 19 Almoez Ali
LW 11 Akram Afif
Substitutions:
MF 6 Abdulaziz Hatem   56'
DF 3 Abdelkarim Hassan   62'
FW 7 Ahmed Alaaeldin   85'
Manager:
  Félix Sánchez
 
GK 1 Mehdi Khalil
CB 18 Walid Ismail
CB 6 Joan Oumari
CB 13 Felix Michel Melki   77'
RM 19 Ali Hamam
CM 15 Haitham Faour
CM 11 Alexander Michel Melki   24'   72'
LM 3 Moataz Al Junaidi   84'
RW 7 Hassan Maatouk (c)   64'
CF 9 Hilal El-Helwe
LW 22 Bassel Jradi
Substitutions:
MF 14 Nader Matar   72'
MF 5 Samir Ayass   77'
MF 10 Mohamad Haidar   84'
Manager:
  Miodrag Radulović

Man of the Match:
Assim Madibo (Qatar)

Assistant referees:
Huo Weiming (China PR)
Cao Yi (China PR)
Fourth official:
Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)
Additional assistant referees:
Fu Ming (China PR)
Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

Lebanon vs Saudi ArabiaEdit

 
Lebanon fans during the match against Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia found their breakthrough in the 12th minute when they latched onto a defensive mistake. Lebanon’s Joan Oumari’s back pass deflected off teammate Alexander Michel Melki’s left boot, and the ball landed near Saudi Arabia’s Fahad Al-Muwallad, who half-volleyed home from close range. Oumari failed to keep his header down in the 16th minute, while Felix Michel Melki just missed Hassan Maatouk’s free-kick eight minutes later. After the break, Hattan Bahebri took a chance from almost 30 yards out which forced a save from goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil. Bahebri turned provider in the 67th minute when his cross into the box found Housain Al-Mogahwi who made it 2–0.[6] This win earned Saudi Arabia a ticket to the round of sixteen for the first time since the 2007 edition, in which Saudi Arabia finished runners-up.

Lebanon  0–2  Saudi Arabia
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Attendance: 13,792
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lebanon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia
GK 1 Mehdi Khalil
CB 11 Alexander Michel Melki
CB 3 Moataz Al Junaidi
CB 6 Joan Oumari
RM 19 Ali Hamam
CM 13 Felix Michel Melki   70'
CM 15 Haitham Faour   73'
LM 2 Kassem El Zein
RW 10 Mohamad Haidar   82'   86'
CF 9 Hilal El-Helwe   89'
LW 7 Hassan Maatouk (c)   76'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Rabih Ataya   73'
MF 14 Nader Matar   76'
DF 17 Mohamed Zein Tahan   86'
Manager:
  Miodrag Radulović
 
GK 21 Mohammed Al-Owais
RB 2 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 23 Mohammed Al-Fatil
CB 4 Ali Al-Bulaihi
LB 12 Hamdan Al-Shamrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf   84'
RM 11 Hattan Bahebri
CM 20 Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   41'   79'
CM 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi
LM 10 Salem Al-Dawsari (c)   90+2'
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad   73'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Yahya Al-Shehri   73'
MF 18 Abdulrahman Ghareeb   79'
MF 15 Ibrahim Ghaleb   84'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Hattan Bahebri (Saudi Arabia)

Assistant referees:[7]
Abu Bakar Al-Amri (Oman)
Rashid Al-Ghaithi (Oman)
Fourth official:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Additional assistant referees:
Mohanad Qassim (Iraq)
Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)

North Korea vs QatarEdit

Qatar were in front in the ninth minute when Akram Afif glided past Sim Hyon-jin before delivering a low cross to Almoez Ali that he struck past Ri Myong-guk. Qatar doubled their lead two minutes later, Abdelkarim Hassan’s ball found Hassan Al-Haydos, and his low centre was struck in the goal from close range by Ali. Ri Un-chol tried from outside the area and his drive narrowly failed to find the top corner. With just two minutes remaining in the first half, Afif lifted the ball high over the advancing Myong-guk and Boualem Khoukhi headed in from close range. Ali completed his hat trick 10 minutes into the second half with a finish from Afif’s through ball. Five minutes later, Afif led a counterattack before rolling the ball through to Ali and he smashed his shot across Myong-guk and inside the far post. Ali turned provider in the 68th minute when his pass allowed Hassan to storm through the North Korea defence and slot home Qatar’s sixth and the east Asian side’s misery was compounded in the last minute when Jong Il-gwan was sent off for a second bookable offence.[8]

It was North Korea's heaviest ever defeat in the Asian Cup, surpassing their previous 0–4 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening 2019 AFC Asian Cup match. Qatar's win enabled them to progress to the knock-out stages for the first time since the 2011 edition they hosted. Controversy rose around the empty stadium as very few fans were allowed to enter.[9]

North Korea  0–6  Qatar
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North Korea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
GK 1 Ri Myong-guk
RB 23 Ri Il-jin   17'
CB 12 Kim Kyong-hun
CB 4 Kim Song-gi   77'
LB 2 Kim Chol-bom
CM 9 Kim Yong-il   39'   43'
CM 13 Sim Hyon-jin
CM 15 Ri Un-chol   13'
RW 19 Rim Kwang-hyok   63'
CF 10 Pak Kwang-ryong   54'
LW 11 Jong Il-gwan (c)   17'   90'
Substitutions:
FW 8 Ri Hyok-chol   43'
MF 16 Ri Yong-jik   63'
DF 6 Ri Thong-il   77'
Manager:
Kim Yong-jun
 
GK 1 Saad Al Sheeb
RB 2 Ró-Ró   74'
CB 15 Bassam Al-Rawi
CB 4 Tarek Salman
LB 3 Abdelkarim Hassan   7'   80'
CM 23 Assim Madibo   71'
CM 6 Abdulaziz Hatem
RW 10 Hassan Al-Haydos (c)
AM 16 Boualem Khoukhi
LW 11 Akram Afif
CF 19 Almoez Ali
Substitutions:
MF 5 Ahmed Fatehi   71'
DF 8 Hamid Ismail   74'
MF 20 Ali Afif   80'
Manager:
  Félix Sánchez

Man of the Match:
Almoez Ali (Qatar)

Assistant referees:[10]
Palitha Hemathunga (Sri Lanka)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Additional assistant referees:
Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)
Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Saudi Arabia vs QatarEdit

Mohammed Al-Owais parried away Boualem Khoukhi’s drive on 16 minutes in the first genuine threat to either goal. Housain Al-Mogahwi shot over the bar for Saudi Arabia following Yahya Al-Shehri’s probing run and cross, before Fahad Al-Muwallad struck an upright with Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb beaten. Hassan Al-Haydos' 42nd minute penalty was saved by Al-Owais however minutes later Abdulaziz Hatem’s through ball found Almoez Ali who converted to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time. Within five minutes of the restart Hattan Bahebri forced Al Sheeb into a save. Bahebri's effort from 15 yards fizzed narrowly over the bar on 73 minutes. Qatar extended their lead with 10 minutes remaining, Ali leaped to thump home a header from Hatem’s corner. It proved to be the final genuine goalmouth action, as Qatar held on to seal another three points.[11]

The encounter between Saudi Arabia and Qatar was dubbed the "Blockade Derby", in reference to the diplomatic disputes between the two nations.[12]

Saudi Arabia  0–2  Qatar
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  • Ali   45+1'80'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
GK 21 Mohammed Al-Owais
RB 2 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 4 Ali Al-Bulaihi   41'
CB 23 Mohammed Al-Fatil
LB 12 Hamdan Al-Shamrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf   78'
RM 8 Yahya Al-Shehri (c)
CM 11 Hattan Bahebri
CM 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi
LM 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad   75'
CF 18 Abdulrahman Ghareeb   61'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Mohammed Al-Saiari   82'   61'
MF 6 Ayman Al-Khulaif   75'
MF 7 Nooh Al-Mousa   78'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi
 
GK 1 Saad Al Sheeb
RB 2 Ró-Ró
CB 15 Bassam Al-Rawi
CB 4 Tarek Salman
LB 3 Abdelkarim Hassan
CM 6 Abdulaziz Hatem   58'
CM 23 Assim Madibo   7'   69'
CM 16 Boualem Khoukhi
RW 10 Hassan Al-Haydos (c)   73'
CF 19 Almoez Ali   45+1'   83'
LW 11 Akram Afif
Substitutions:
MF 14 Salem Al-Hajri   69'
MF 12 Karim Boudiaf   73'
FW 7 Ahmed Alaaeldin   83'
Manager:
  Félix Sánchez

Man of the Match:
Almoez Ali (Qatar)

Assistant referees:[13]
Yoon Kwang-yeol (South Korea)
Park Sang-jun (South Korea)
Fourth official:
Cao Yi (China PR)
Additional assistant referees:
Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
Fu Ming (China PR)

Lebanon vs North KoreaEdit

Pak Kwang-ryong converted his free-kick in the ninth minute to give North Korea an early advantage. Lebanon, however levelled the score just before the half hour mark when Hassan Maatouk dribbled down the left before laying off for Felix Michel Melki, who smashed the ball into the back of the net. Hilal El-Helwe’s effort was cleared off the line in the 32nd minute. Felix came close to scoring his second in the 57th minute but angled his header across the bar. In the 65th minute, Mohamad Haidar’s cross found El-Helwe who turned to score from close range. North Korea conceded a penalty after Rabih Ataya was brought down in the danger area. Maatouk converted the spot-kick in the 80th minute, sending goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk the wrong way, with a fourth coming in the eighth minute of added time through Hilal El-Helwe as Lebanon won their first ever Asian Cup encounter. However, there was no knockout stage joy for Lebanon as they were edged out of the tournament on fairplay rule by Vietnam.[14] This loss extended North Korea's winless streak, with their last win dating back to their fourth place finish in the 1980 edition.[15]

Lebanon  4–1  North Korea
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Attendance: 4,332
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lebanon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North Korea
GK 1 Mehdi Khalil
RB 18 Walid Ismail
CB 4 Nour Mansour   81'
CB 6 Joan Oumari
LB 13 Felix Michel Melki
CM 5 Samir Ayass   77'
CM 14 Nader Matar   53'
RW 9 Hilal El-Helwe
AM 10 Mohamad Haidar   90+9'
LW 11 Alexander Michel Melki   30'
CF 7 Hassan Maatouk (c)
Substitutions:
FW 20 Rabih Ataya   53'
MF 12 Adnan Haidar   77'
FW 8 Hassan "Moni" Chaito   81'
Manager:
  Miodrag Radulović
 
GK 1 Ri Myong-guk
RB 2 Kim Chol-bom   61'   61'
CB 3 Jang Kuk-chol (c)
CB 5 An Song-il   11'
LB 13 Sim Hyon-jin
RM 12 Kim Kyong-hun   29'
CM 15 Ri Un-chol
CM 16 Ri Yong-jik
LM 9 Kim Yong-il   85'
CF 7 Han Kwang-song
CF 10 Pak Kwang-ryong
Substitutions:
MF 14 Kang Kuk-chol   29'   75'
FW 8 Ri Hyok-chol   72'   61'
MF 20 Choe Song-hyok   75'
Manager:
Kim Yong-jun

Man of the Match:
Felix Michel Melki (Lebanon)

Assistant referees:[13]
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Anton Shchetinin (Australia)
Fourth official:
Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)
Additional assistant referees:
Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

DisciplineEdit

Fair play points will be used as tiebreakers if the head-to-head and overall records of teams are tied (and if the penalty shoot-out is not applicable as a tiebreaker). These are calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[3][16]

  • yellow card = 1 point
  • red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points
  • direct red card = 3 points
  • yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points

Only one of the above deductions will be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
                                   
  Qatar 1 3 −4
  Saudi Arabia 1 2 2 −5
  Lebanon 2 3 2 −7
  North Korea 3 1 4 1 4 −17

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  12. ^ James Masters. "Qatar takes bragging rights in 'blockade derby'". CNN. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
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