Qatar's Ali breaks Iran's Daei's record in Asian Cup

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Qatari striker Almoez Ali scored a record-breaking early goal in the 3-1 victory over Japan in the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Friday, passing Iranian legendary striker Ali Daei to become the player that scores the most goals in a single Asian Cup.

Daei scored eight goals in the 1996 edition, with seven of them came in the group stage.

Ali tied the record in Qatar's 4-0 thrashing of hosts UAE and scored his ninth goal in the tournament with a stunning overhead kick just 12 minutes into the match against Japan.

Daei remains the top scorer in the AFC Asian Cup history with 14 goals in the continental competition.

The record for most international goals also belongs to Daei, who hit 109 goals for Iran in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006. 

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