By Abdelaziz Abuhamar
January 28 – The two arch rivals will meet today in what the stats suggest should be a fairly even encounter. UAE have defeated Qatar twice in the AFC Asian Cup and Qatar defeated UAE once in their three continental encounters.
The all-time head-to-head, however, show Qatar have won 11 times and UAE 9 times, they have drawn 8 times. They are tied even in the goals scored; both of them scored 32 goals in the 28 internationals played.
So, stats-wise, it won’t be and easy ride either for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup hosts, supported by their enthusiastic fans or for Qatar’s 25 years, 51 days in age average national team.
The two neighbors met in the Asian Cup for the first time in tje 1988 edition when the then-hosts Qatar won 2-1. It was after 19 years, in the AFC Asian Cup 2007 when UAE managed a 2-1 victory over Qatar. In Australia 2015 Asian Cup, UAE posted 4-1 victory.
While Qatar have qualified for the semi-final for the first time in 10 Asian Cup appearances, UAE are enjoying their fourth appearance in the continental semis. They lost twice, first in 1992 against Saudi Arabia 2-0, second in 2015 against hosts Australia 2-0. They posted their only semi-final victory on their home soil in 1996 when they defeated Kuwait 1-0 on the way to the final.
UAE in Semi Final
1 Semi Final goals
Qatar in Semi Final
0 Semi Final goals
UAE vs Qatar Head-to-Head
UAE vs Qatar Head-to-Head Matches
17/03/1972 United Arab Emirates 1-0 Qatar Gulf Cup
29/03/1974 Qatar 1-1 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
01/04/1976 Qatar 3-1 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
29/03/1979 Qatar 1-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
17/09/1980 Qatar 2-1 United Arab Emirates AFC Asian Cup 1980
19/03/1982 United Arab Emirates 1-0 Qatar Gulf Cup
12/03/1984 United Arab Emirates 1-0 Qatar Gulf Cup
07/04/1986 Qatar 3-2 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
08/03/1988 Qatar 2-1 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
05/12/1988 Qatar 2-1 United Arab Emirates AFC Asian Cup 1988
24/10/1989 United Arab Emirates 1-1 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifier
27/02/1990 Qatar 0-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
06/12/1992 Qatar 1-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
09/10/1994 United Arab Emirates 2-2 Qatar Asian Games
03/11/1994 United Arab Emirates 2-0 Qatar Gulf Cup
16/10/1996 Qatar 1-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
29/09/1998 Qatar 2-1 United Arab Emirates Arab Cup
05/11/1998 Qatar 0-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
31/08/2001 United Arab Emirates 0-2 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifier
04/10/2001 Qatar 1-2 United Arab Emirates FIFA World Cup qualifier
20/01/2002 Qatar 2-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
03/01/2004 United Arab Emirates 0-0 Qatar Gulf Cup
10/12/2004 Qatar 2-2 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
16/07/2007 United Arab Emirates 2-1 Qatar AFC Asian Cup 2007
08/01/2009 Qatar 0-0 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
25/08/2011 United Arab Emirates 3-1 Qatar International Friendly
05/01/2013 Qatar 1-3 United Arab Emirates Gulf Cup
11/01/2015 United Arab Emirates 4-1 Qatar AFC Asian Cup 2015
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