"I think the players were aware that it was going to be tough with the crowd, but I think they controlled their emotions very well. It was difficult for the players, it's normal in a semifinal to
celebrate, and I think it was only a few people who behaved in a not proper way, most were fair."
-- Qatar coach Felix Sanchez
after his team beat host UAE, 4-0, in a politically
charged match in the Asian Cup semifinals. The crowd in Abu Dhabi booed the Qatari national anthem and fans twice tossed shoes -- the biggest insult you can hurl in the Arab world -- and bottles at
Qatari players as they celebrated goals. In the UAE, showing sympathy for Qatar -- which Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have blockaded since June 2017 -- is punishable by up to 15 years in
jail. (Al Jazeera