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How to watch the Qatar vs UAE Asian Cup semi-final tie live on January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019 By Ali M.
In our match analysis informing you how to watch Qatar's Asian Cup semi-final clash with the UAE, we compare team statistics and analyze both teams’their head-to-head record.

What is the form of Qatar compared to the UAE?

Qatar is yet to drop a single point in this competition. Furthermore, they are yet to concede a single goal after marching past the group stage with a 100 percent record. They then went on to beat Iraq before shocking South Korea to maintain that record.

As for UAE, their path to the knockout stage was not as straight-forward. They won only one of their group-stage games, drawing the other two before edging out Kyrgyzstan 3-2 to make the quarter-finals. In the last eight, they dumped Australia out of the competition via a 1-0 scoreline, a result that will have the host booming with confidence.

Qatar vs UAE head-to-head record

While Qatar boasts the superior head-to-head record against the UAE, the recent form favors the latter. The Whites have lost only once in their last seven meetings with the Maroons (W4, D2).

Games played: 27

Qatar wins: 12

UAE wins: 9

Draws: 6

Who is injured/suspended for Qatar vs UAE?

Qatar will be without two key men for this semi-final clash, with both Bassam Al Rawi and Abdelaziz Hatim set to miss the clash. The goalscorers in the victories over South Korea and Iraq are suspended, but Félix Sánchez Bas will be welcoming back Omer Madibo and Abdelkarim Hassan to his squad.

As for the host, Ismail Al Hammadi and Fares Juma picked up knocks in the quarter-final triumph over Australia but are expected to be fit. Khamis Esmaeel, having served his suspension, is back and available for selection.

Key talking points

Two Arab nations seeking their first title, but only one can progress

In the competition's 63-year history, neither of these two sides have lifted the Asian Cup trophy. Of the two sides, UAE came the closest, crashing out at this exact stage of the competition in the 2015 edition at the hands of eventual champion Australia. The Whites went on to finish in third that year but will be aiming to make it to the final this time around.

Qatar, however, has proven that they are no pushovers after beating South Korea in the quarter-final. A 1-0 scoreline was enough to knock out one of the favorites and the host nation will be next in their crosshairs.

Almoez Ali and Ali Mabkhout: two attackers hoping to steal the show

While the two names might be unfamiliar to fans outside of Asia, followers of this continental competition know these two attackers very well. The reason is simple: they have been lighting up the goalscoring chart.

Currently, Almoez Ali leads the Golden Boot race thanks to his seven goals in five appearances. One more strike from the Qatari forward and he will equal the record for most goals scored in a single tournament, currently held by Iranian icon Ali Daei.

Ali Mabkhout is also in the headlines. After netting the winning goal in the victory over the reigning champion, the Emirati ace is one away from becoming the first player to score five goals in back-to-back Asian Cup tournaments. Records are up for grabs for both men, but only one will be celebrating after the final whistle.

The Blockade Derby

Politics should play no part in football -- most fans would agree -- but that has never stopped it from taking center stage in the beautiful game. That will once again be the case for this tie, as the clash has already been dubbed the Blockade Derby.

UAE, the host nation, is one of several countries to issue a land, air and sea blockade on their Gulf neighbor back in June 2017 and this political tension has spilled into the ongoing AFC competition. Only a few Qatari fans have attended the stadiums to watch the Maroons play as a result of this regional dispute, with some calling for FIFA and the AFC to take action against the Emirates for politicizing this tie.

As per The National, free tickets have been distributed to "loyal" UAE fans after the Abu Dhabi Sports Council bought the remaining ones, with non-Emirati fans being turned away. Let's just hope this unwelcomed political game does not show on the pitch.

TV channels and broadcast listings

  • In the USA, stream Qatar vs UAE live on DAZN.

  • In Canada, stream Qatar vs UAE live on DAZN.

  • In the UAE, watch Qatar vs UAE live on TV on beIN Max 1 and beIN Max 2 and Streaming on beIN Sports Connect.

  • In Qatar, watch Qatar vs UAE live on TV on beIN MAX 2, beIN MAX 1, Al-Kass Sports Channel, and Streaming on beIN Sports Connect 

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Qatar 4 - 0 United Arab Emirates

January 29, 2019 9:00amMohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Abū ẓabī (Abu Dhabi))

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