AFC ASIAN CUP STARS

We look at five players who made a significant impact at Asia’s continental championship in United Arab Emirates.


ALMOEZ ALI

QATAR

  • Shone on his Asian Cup debut, named player of the tournament
  • Scored a record-breaking nine goals, surpassing legend Ali Daei
  • Struck a memorable bicycle kick in the final

YUYA OSAKO

JAPAN

  • Osako has the habit of netting crucial goals, as he did against Colombia at Russia 2018
  • His second-half double versus IR Iran secured Japan's final spot
  • Despite missing games through injury, his four goals gave him a better scoring ratio than Almoez Ali pre-final

SARDAR AZMOUN

IR IRAN

  • Having been a breakout star four years ago, Azmoun was the focal point of IR Iran's attack
  • Strong and adept in the air, the forward was a constant handful for defenders
  • With four goals in UAE, the 24-year-old is already climbing Team Melli's all-time goalscoring list

AKRAM AFIF

QATAR

  • Akram Afif set an all-time Asian Cup record of ten assists
  • Created an incredible 26 goalscoring chances throughout the tournament
  • Scored from the penalty spot to add to Qatar's 19-goal haul

NGUYEN CONG PHUONG

VIETNAM

  • The Livewire forward was constant threat for Golden Dragons
  • Graduate of their successful U-23 team
  • Scored against Iraq and Jordan, the latter helping them to a first-ever knockout stage win

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