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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Friday congratulated the Qatari government, nation and national football team after the Arab country claimed the title at the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup.
Title-contender Japan national football team defeated Iran 3-0 to reach the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Monday, destroying hopes among Iranians of winning the cup after a 43-year break.
Last week, Iranian netizens were shocked to see Qatari officials awarding a scale model of windcatchers to Paris Saint-Germain staff who had won a traditional camel race in the peninsular nation.
The United Arab Emirate has, in a politically-motivated move, prevented Qatari Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Saud al-Muhannadi from taking part in the AFC Asian Cup tournament, which is to start on Saturday.
Iranian football teams Esteghlal and Persepolis learned their opponents at the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League (ACL) on Thursday.
Foolad Arena, the most technologically advanced stadium of Iran, was officially opened in the south-western city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan province on Tuesday.