2000 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup Lebanon 2000
كأس آسيا 2000
Coupe d'Asie des nations 2000
2000 AFC Asian Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 2000 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host countryLebanon
Dates12–29 October
Teams12
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Japan (2nd title)
Runners-up Saudi Arabia
Third place South Korea
Fourth place China PR
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored77 (2.96 per match)
Attendance276,488 (10,634 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Korea Lee Dong-Gook (6 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Hiroshi Nanami
Best goalkeeperChina Jiang Jin
Fair play award Saudi Arabia
1996
2004

The 2000 AFC Asian Cup was the 12th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held in Lebanon between 12 and 29 October 2000. Japan defeated defending champion Saudi Arabia in the final match in Beirut.

Qualification

Main article: 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification

42 teams participated in a preliminary tournament. It was divided into 10 groups and the first-placed team of each group thus qualified. A total of 84 games were held, starting with the Oman versus Kyrgyzstan game on 3 August 1999.

The other 10 qualifying teams were:

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
 Lebanon Hosts 20 December 1996 0 (Debut)
 Saudi Arabia 1996 AFC Asian Cup winners 21 December 1996 4 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Iraq Qualifying round Group 1 winners 7 August 1999 3 (1972, 1976, 1996)
 Indonesia Qualifying round Group 7 winners 20 November 1999 1 (1996)
 Uzbekistan Qualifying round Group 3 winners 26 November 1999 1 (1996)
 China PR Qualifying round Group 9 winners 29 January 2000 6 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Kuwait Qualifying round Group 5 winners 18 February 2000 6 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Japan Qualifying round Group 10 winners 20 February 2000 3 (1988, 1992, 1996)
 Qatar Qualifying round Group 4 winners 8 April 2000 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992)
 South Korea Qualifying round Group 6 winners 9 April 2000 8 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Thailand Qualifying round Group 8 winners 9 April 2000 3 (1972, 1992, 1996)
 Iran Qualifying round Group 2 winners 11 April 2000 8 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)

Notes:

1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host

Stadiums

Beirut Sidon Tripoli
Sports City Stadium Saida Municipal Stadium International Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 47,799 Capacity: 22,600 Capacity: 22,400
Saida International Stadium with beachgoers.jpg
Tripoli (Lebanon) - El Ma

Squads

Further information: 2000 AFC Asian Cup squads

Tournament summary

Lebanon participated in the country's first ever football competition in the history as host, but began disappointingly, losing 0–4 to mighty Iran. Lebanon sought to reinvigorate the team against Iraq and Thailand, but all ended up in just draws, and Lebanon finished bottom in the group, the first host nation since Qatar 1988 to not progress from the group stage. Iran and Iraq managed to survive in the group A with seven and four points respectively, and Thailand took the third, but did not progress due to inferior points, having won no match in their group. Group B saw South Korea failed to achieve a top two finish, falling behind group winner China and Kuwait, but qualified as the best third place team, with the team's only win was against Indonesia. Indonesia was the only team to not score a single goal in the tournament, being beaten by South Korea and China, and a goalless draw with Kuwait. Group C witnessed Uzbekistan to become the worst-performed team in the tournament, being heavily beaten 1–8 by Japan and 0–5 by defending champions Saudi Arabia. The Japanese scrambled to top the group with a famous 4–1 win over the Saudis, though Saudi Arabia would go on to progress together after an unpromising group stage performance. Qatar, another participant in the group, finished in third and progressed thanked for one point ahead of Thailand, having drawn in all three matches.

The quarter-finals saw Iran lost 1–2 to South Korea by a golden goal of Lee Dong-gook, and the same happened in Saudi Arabia's victory over Kuwait, also by a golden goal of Nawaf Al-Temyat. China and Japan easily passed through their Arab rivals Qatar and Iraq, with 3–1 and 4–1 wins respectively, to set up an entirely East Asian affair in the semi-finals, with Saudi Arabia being the only non-East Asian team to be here.

The first semi-finals saw Saudi Arabia sealed the victory over the South Koreans, with two goals by Talal Al-Meshal at 76' and 80' meant Lee Dong-gook's late equalizer was too little, too late. Japan beat China in a thriller in Beirut, 3–2, to once again face the Saudis in the final. In the third place match, South Korea won bronze with a 1–0 win over China.

The final in Beirut was filled with majority of Saudi supporters, and was seen as the rematch of the 1992 final and earlier group stage encounter. Hamzah Idris had a chance to take the Saudis ahead of Japan at 10', but he missed the opportunity. Eventually, the missing penalty was what the Saudis regretted the most, because Shigeyoshi Mochizuki, who had accidentally given the Saudis the failed opportunity on the penalty earlier, became the hero of Japan with a goal in 30'. Saudi attempt proved to be fruitless, and Japan won the game by just one goal margin, to conquer its second Asian trophy, repeating Japan's victory over Saudi Arabia eight years ago. Subsequently, Japan, the winner, automatically qualified for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup.

First round

All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Iraq 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
4  Lebanon (H) 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2
Source: RSSSF
(H) Host


Iraq 2–0 Thailand
Chathir 27'
Mahmoud 60'
Report
Saida Municipal Stadium, Sidon
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Lebanon 0–4 Iran
Report Bagheri 19'
Estili 75', 87'
Daei 90+1'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 52,418
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Iran 1–1 Thailand
Daei 73' Report Sakesan 12'

Lebanon 2–2 Iraq
Chahrour 28'
Hojeij 76'
Report Jeayer 5', 22'

Iran 1–0 Iraq
Daei 77' Report

Lebanon 1–1 Thailand
Fernandes 83' Report Sakesan 58'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Kuwait 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5
3  South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4  Indonesia 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
Source: RSSSF


South Korea 2–2 China PR
Lee Young-pyo 30'
Noh Jung-yoon 58'
Report Su Maozhen 36'
Fan Zhiyi 66' (pen.)

Kuwait 0–0 Indonesia
Report
International Olympic Stadium, Tripoli
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tajaddin Fares (Syria)

China PR 4–0 Indonesia
Li Ming 2'
Shen Si 7' (pen.)
Yang Chen 10'
Qi Hong 90'
Report
International Olympic Stadium, Tripoli
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Nabil Ayad (Lebanon)

South Korea 0–1 Kuwait
Report Al-Huwaidi 43'

China PR 0–0 Kuwait
Report

South Korea 3–0 Indonesia
Lee Dong-gook 30', 76', 90+1' Report
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 500
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 2 1 0 13 3 +10 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
3  Qatar 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
4  Uzbekistan 3 0 1 2 2 14 −12 1
Source: RSSSF


Saudi Arabia 1–4 Japan
Morioka 90+1' (o.g.) Report Yanagisawa 26'
Takahara 39'
Nanami 54'
Ono 90'

Qatar 1–1 Uzbekistan
Gholam 61' Report Qosimov 73'
Saida Municipal Stadium, Sidon
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Mohd Nazri Abdullah (Malaysia)

Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan
Morishima 7'
Nishizawa 14', 25', 49'
Takahara 18', 20', 57'
Kitajima 79'
Report Lushan 29'

Saudi Arabia 0–0 Qatar
Report
Saida Municipal Stadium, Sidon
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tajaddin Fares (Syria)

Saudi Arabia 5–0 Uzbekistan
Al-Otaibi 18'
Al-Shalhoub 35', 78', 86'
Al-Temyat 88'
Report

Japan 1–1 Qatar
Nishizawa 61' Report Al-Obaidly 22'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Nabil Ayad (Lebanon)

Third-placed qualifiers

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Qatar 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
3  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
Source: RSSSF

South Korea (best third-place) and Qatar (second best third-place) qualified for the quarter-finals.

Knockout stage

All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3)

Extra times were played under the golden goal rule.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 October – Sidon
 
 
 China PR3
 
26 October – Beirut
 
 Qatar1
 
 China PR2
 
24 October – Beirut
 
 Japan3
 
 Japan4
 
29 October – Beirut
 
 Iraq1
 
 Japan1
 
23 October – Tripoli
 
 Saudi Arabia0
 
 Iran1
 
26 October – Beirut
 
 South Korea (a.e.t.)2
 
 South Korea1
 
24 October – Beirut
 
 Saudi Arabia2 Third place
 
 Kuwait2
 
29 October – Beirut
 
 Saudi Arabia (a.e.t.)3
 
 China PR0
 
 
 South Korea1
 

Quarter-finals

Iran 1–2 (a.e.t.) South Korea
Bagheri 71' Report Kim Sang-sik 90'
Lee Dong-gook gold-colored soccer ball 99'

China PR 3–1 Qatar
Li Ming 9'
Qi Hong 38'
Yang Chen 54'
Report Al-Enazi 65'
Saida Municipal Stadium, Sidon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mohd Nazri Abdullah (Malaysia)

Japan 4–1 Iraq
Nanami 8', 29'
Takahara 11'
Myojin 62'
Report Obeid 4'
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tajaddin Fares (Syria)

Kuwait 2–3 (a.e.t.) Saudi Arabia
Bashar Abdullah 62'
Al-Huwaidi 68'
Report Al-Temyat 45+1' gold-colored soccer ball 109'
Al-Meshal 72'

Semi-finals

South Korea 1–2 Saudi Arabia
Lee Dong-gook 90+1' Report Al-Meshal 76', 80'

China PR 2–3 Japan
Qi Hong 30'
Yang Chen 48'
Report Fan Zhiyi 21' (o.g.)
Nishizawa 53'
Myojin 61'

Third place play-off

South Korea 1–0 China PR
Lee Dong-gook 76' Report
Sports City Stadium, Beirut
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Nabil Ayad (Lebanon)

Final

Main article: 2000 AFC Asian Cup Final

Japan 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Mochizuki 30' Report

Statistics

Goalscorers

With six goals, Lee Dong-Gook is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 77 goals were scored by 43 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

6 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goal

Awards

Most Valuable Player

Top scorer

Best Defender

Best Goalkeeper

Fair Play Award

Team of the Tournament[1][2]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

China Jiang Jin

South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi
Kuwait Jamal Mubarak

Japan Hiroshi Nanami
Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Temyat
Iraq Abbas Obeid
Iran Karim Bagheri
Japan Shunsuke Nakamura

South Korea Lee Dong-gook
Japan Naohiro Takahara

Final standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1  Japan 6 5 1 0 21 6 +15 16 Champions
2  Saudi Arabia 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 Runner-ups
3  South Korea 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 Third place
4  China PR 6 2 2 2 11 7 +4 8 Fourth place
5  Iran 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4 7 Eliminated
in the
Quarterfinals
6  Kuwait 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5
7  Iraq 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
8  Qatar 4 0 3 1 3 5 −2 3
9  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2 Eliminated
in the
First Stage
10  Lebanon 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2
11  Indonesia 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
12  Uzbekistan 3 0 1 2 2 14 −12 1
Source: rsssf.com

References

  1. ^ [아시안컵] 이동국,홍명보 베스트 11선정 (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. 25 February 2002. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ アジアカップ2000・レバノン大会 (in Japanese). WorldCup's world. Retrieved 15 June 2020.