AFC Asian Cup 2019: Abdelaziz Hatim's late goal ensures Qatar's remarkable victory over South Korea in quarter-final

Abu Dhabi: Abdelaziz Hatim fired a late winner as Qatar stunned title-chasing South Korea 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup semi-finals for the first time on Friday.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Abdelaziz Hatims late goal ensures Qatars remarkable victory over South Korea in quarter-final

Qatar's players celebrate their win against South Korea in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-final match. AFP

South Korea were looking to end 59 years of hurt in the tournament but missed a string of second-half chances in Abu Dhabi before Hatim's hammer blow after 78 minutes.

It took the Koreans until three minutes into the second half to register a shot on target, Hwang Ui-jo forcing a low save from Saad Al-Sheeb from the edge of the box.

Lee Chung-yong then blazed wide and captain Son Heung-min was denied by Al-Sheeb before Kim Jin-su's free kick smacked against the post.

That wastefulness came back to haunt them when Hatim smashed a long-range rocket past goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory.

Hwang thought he had equalised two minutes later, only to be given offside -- a decision upheld by the video assistant referee.

Qatar's semi-final opponents will be either hosts United Arab Emirates or holders Australia, meeting in Al-Ain later on Friday.

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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2019 21:58:43 IST

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