UAE knocked out of Asian Cup

Saif Rashid Alshemeili of the UAE shoots during the AFC Asian Cup semi final match against Qatar

The UAE's Asian Cup dreams have come to an end at the semi-final stage.

Alberto Zaccheroni's men were beaten 4-0 by Qatar at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Boualem Khoukhi opened the scoring with a low strike into the bottom corner in the 22nd minute before Al Moez Ali got his eighth goal of the tournament a quarter-of-an-hour later.

Although the Whites responded impressively in the second half, putting their opponents under pressure and seeing an appeal for a penalty waved away, they couldn't find a breakthrough and Hassan Al-Haydos added a third for Félix Sánchez Bas' side before Hamid Ismail got a fourth.

Japan now await Qatar in Friday's final.

This year's edition is the second consecutive Asian Cup in which the UAE have reached the last-four following their third-place finish in Australia in 2015.

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