Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Palestine qualifies for knockout stages of Asian Cup for first time

The Palestine national football team started their last group match of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 with their hopes of qualifying for the next round hanging by a thread, but ended it with them sealing a last-16 spot after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Hong Kong.

“Thank you to the fans who are coming to support Palestine and the national team of Palestine. Thank you from our heart,” captain Musab Al-Battat said after the game.

“We will do our best to put a smile for the people.”

The win was Palestine’s first ever at the AFC Asian Cup, and they now look likely to face hosts, holders and favourites Qatar in their round-of-16 tie.

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