Arab Cup: The quarter-finals are divided equally between North Africa and Asia, despite the disparity

Doha: Arab Cup quarter-finals kick off on Friday, when host Qatar meets United Arab Emirates in an exciting Gulf derby as Tunisia meets Oman in an effort to continue the superiority of North African teams over their counterparts in West Asia, as was evident in the group stage. The technical disparity was clearly evident in the first round of the tournament, which takes place for the first time under the auspices of the International Football Association (FIFA) and in which 16 teams participated. From Morocco to Algeria, from Egypt to Tunisia, the results have been very great, and the Tunisian team is the only North African team to have suffered a defeat in one match (against Syria with two goals, yet managed to overtake her group). In response to a question from Agence France-Presse, the Tunisian Makram Daboub, coach of the Palestinian national team, who fell 4-0 against Morocco in the first round, declared that “the differences are very great and the reasons are clear, and they are the ability to produce players capable of professionalism and competition “. The Jordanian team, which qualified for the quarter-finals, also received four Moroccan goals, of which the Iraqi coach, Adnan Hamad, told “Al-Nashma” that he was “expected, great potential and a big difference”. Derby del Golfo – However, this did not stop the Asian teams from moving to the quarter-finals, as they could have crashed in rounds less tough than others. As a result, the World Cup stadium will host a Gulf Summit on Friday with a distinctive flavor among Qatar and UAE landowners. After the Qatari team progressed to the quarter-finals with full points by beating Bahrain (1-0), Oman (2-1) and Iraq (3-0), the task will not be easy for the Emirates, who qualified with six points in second place, with a goal difference from the Tunisian leaders. Spanish coach Felix Sanchez will rely on “Al Annabi “‘s latest terrifying performance when he knocked out Iraq, the four-time champion, with a hat-trick in the last ten minutes, despite Qatar’s great fatigue following their recent qualifiers. championships for the World Cup as a visitor. In the event of a crossing, the Qataris will once again benefit from greater public support, with the announcement of the Executive Director of the Department of Communication at the Supreme Committee for the handover and inheritance, Fatima Al-Nuaimi, that the Organizing Committee of the Arab Cup decided to allow a crowd of 100% of stadium capacity in the semifinals and finals. Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, on the other hand, will be able to count on the good level presented by the national team of the United Arab Emirates during the three rounds of the group stage. Despite the defeat against Tunisia, the Emiratis were the best part of the recovery in terms of ball possession and advanced pressure in brings. – Tunisia against ambitious Oman – Previously, the “Carthage Eagles” cut the ribbon in the opening quarter-final against the Sultanate of Oman in an exciting confrontation at Education City Stadium. The two teams are looking for a ticket to the semi-finals after their successful campaign in the group stage. The Tunisian national team, champion in 1963, despite its fluctuating performance, is still one of the candidates for the title, and will count on that against Oman for the difference in skills and experience at the level of continental championships. But Oman will not be in Palio, especially as he presented remarkable levels in the group stage and took a big 3-0 win over Bahrain. The Tunisian team has a large number of good players, in particularly Seif El-Din Jaziri, current top scorer of the tournament with 3 goals, together with Ferjani Sassi and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. The Carthage Eagles also rely on young Hannibal Al-Majbri, who helps to bring out the team at a high level during the tournament and was the best player in the Emirati game. As for the Omanis, every victory is a milestone in their first participation in the championship. However, the mass demands can be a major pressure factor, especially after they have seen Tunisia not invincible to lose against Syria. On Saturday he will also play in the quarter-finals, Morocco with Algeria and Egypt with Jordan. (AFP)

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