After Mbappé, Afif… history repeats itself at Lusail Stadium

Within two years, the Lusail Stadium was the scene of two thrilling finals, the 2023 Asian Nations Championship and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Between the Asian finals and the World Cup, the stadium icon in Qatar witnessed a strange paradox and a feat that is hard to replicate in stadiums around the world.

Last Saturday, Akram Afif scored a hat-trick from the penalty spot as the Qatar national team defeated their Jordanian counterpart 3-1 and secured their second consecutive continental title. At that moment, football fans were reminded of the exciting confrontation between Argentina and France in the World Cup final…

In that thrilling World Cup final, the referee awarded 3 penalty kicks, one of which was to the Argentina national team, which Lionel Messi successfully scored the first goal, before Di Maria doubled the score. After that, France got a penalty kick, which Kylian Mbappe converted. Converting a goal, then scoring another goal as time expired. Original 2-2.

After Argentina led 3–2 in the first extra period, Mbappé was able to score his third individual goal, a hat-trick, from the penalty spot, tying the score at 3–3, so both teams decided to go to penalties. Decided Kix, who finally smiled at the tango team.

Hat-trick earns the title of top scorer

It is also ironic that Mbappé and Afif both scored hat-tricks in the World and Asian finals earning them the best scorer award with 8 goals each, which is difficult to happen in one stadium which is Lusail, and in two different -Different tournaments.

The events at the Lusail Stadium were repeated with similar details, but the ending was different, as Afif took his country to the continental podium thanks to a historic hat-trick, while hat-trick winner Mbappé failed to help France achieve the feat. World Cup dream.

Afif became the first player to score a hat-trick in Asian Cup final matches, and the third player to score 8 or more goals in an edition after Iranian Ali Daei (8 goals) and his colleague Almoez Ali in 1996. 9 goals in 2019.

Afif (27 years old) contributed 22 goals with 9 goals and 13 assists for the Qatar national team in the last two editions of the Asian Cup, accounting for 67% of Al Annabi's goals.

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