Qatar has stunned host United Arab Emirates by 4-0 on Tuesday to reach the final of the Asian Cup for the first time, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Early strikes from Boualem Khoukhi and striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 half-time lead and captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the mob in the last 10 minutes.
The home fans were stunned into silence in the 22nd minute when Khoukhi’s speculative shot was mishandled by goalkeeper Khalid Eisa and found it way into the net.
Ten minutes later, Qatar doubled the lead through Almoez Ali after he managed his way through a trio of static defenders on the left edge of the box and curled his shot into the net off the far post to register his 8th goal of the tournament as he extend his lead to the goal king gong.
Ali was showered with missiles as he celebrated his goal with his teammates.
There was little response from the home team to equalise. Striker Ali Mabkhout long-range drive in the 52nd minute was saved by Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb.
UAE captain Ismail Matar also looked lively when he came on as a substitute and had a shot blocked in the 69th minute, while Saad was again a match for a looping Ahmed Khalil header.
The breakthrough would not come, but, and Haydos increased the tally for the visitors on the break. His celebration attracted a pelt of drinks bottles from the maddened fans.
The visitors sealed the fate of the UAE in stoppage time when defender Ismail Ahmed was sent off after a VAR review for elbowing Salem Al-Hajri, and Hamid Ismail beat Eisa to add his name onto the score sheet to trigger another barrage of bottles.