Palestine qualified for the Asian Cup final for the third time in its history, beating the Philippines 4-0 at the MFF Football Center in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, in the third round of Group B of the third and decisive qualifying round.
Palestine’s goals were scored by Saleh Shehadeh, Tamer Siam, Muhammad Yamen and Mahmoud Abu Warda, to bring his tally to nine points from three matches and decide the group’s lead to qualify for the Asian Cup, while the rest of Palestine the Philippines came in second on four points and Palestine was denied. Its counterpart, the Philippines, managed to reach the final again after the 2015 edition, when it outperformed in the 2014 Challenge Cup final and took the transit card.
The Palestinian team first entered the final in 2015, when it was eliminated from the group stage, similar to the last edition in 2019 in the UAE.
The top seed in each of the six groups qualify for the Asian Cup, along with the top five second seed teams.
The Palestinian national team participated in the Asian Cup in the 2015 edition in Australia, while its second entry was in the 2019 edition in the UAE.
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