Asian Cup UAE 2019; Nothing is impossible for Qatar's Hassan
Abu Dhabi: On the verge of his side's first ever AFC Asian Cup semi-final. Qatar's star left-back Abdelkarim Hassan has a simple message - anything is possible. Qatar's success would have been difficult to imagine four years ago. Hassan, an unused substitute, watched on as Bahrain's Sayed Ahmed scored eight minutes from time to deliver a final blow to Al Annabi's 2015 campaign.
Three successive losses meant Hassan's side left Australia without a single point. After years of steady progress, and a quarter-final appearance on home soil four years prior, it was their worst ever result at an AFC Asian Cup.
Skip forward four years and the circumstances are unrecognisable. Qatar have won five successive matches, and beaten three former champions in a row, to reach the final four for the first time history.