Asian Cup: The Palestine national team writes a new history in its career by qualifying for the eighth-finals of the tournament

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  • Author, Marwa Helmy
  • Role, BBC – Cairo

The Palestinian national football team qualified for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup for the first time in its career, with a “historic” victory over the Hong Kong national team by three unanswered goals, at a time when Gaza is suffering from an ongoing war since the seventh of last October.

This victory came at the conclusion of the third group competitions in the tournament, which witnessed Iran defeating the UAE by two goals to one in the match that was held on Tuesday.

The Palestine team, known as the “Guardian,” reached this round among the four best teams that came in third place, as it came third in its group, which Iran topped with a full mark, while the UAE ranked second with four points on goal difference from the Palestine team.

Uday Al-Dabbagh took the initiative to score for the “Guardian” team in the twelfth minute, and Zaid Qanbar added the second goal (in the 48th minute), while Al-Dabbagh completed the hat-trick in the 60th minute.

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