Qatar, the winners of the first AFC Asian Cup title five years ago, is two matches away from defending their championship.

The accomplishments of Almoez Ali, who was instrumental in Qatar's victory in 2019, are indispensable to the progress of the nation.

In comparison to his performance in the previous tournament, Almoez's performance in the 2024 campaign is not nearly as impressive.

Almoez's goal tally of one falls short of his usual performance, with only one goal scored in three consecutive matches.

 Qataris have shown they are not solely dependent on Almoez, with Akram Afif scoring four goals and captain Al-Haydos scoring two goals.

Iran, who are widely regarded as the most likely contenders for the championship, will be Qatar's opponent in the semifinals.

Iran's offensive capabilities are significant, with Porto's Mehdi Taremi and Roma's Sardar Azmoun as main attackers.

 Qataris are aware of the immense challenge they face in the final to maintain their position as continental champions.