|Asian Cup Lebanon 2000|
كأس آسيا 2000
Coupe d'Asie des nations 2000
Logo of the 2000 Asian Cup
|Dates||12 – 29 October|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Japan (2nd title)|
|Third place||South Korea|
|Fourth place||China PR|
|Goals scored||77 (2.96 per match)|
|Attendance||276,488 (10,634 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Lee Dong-Gook (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Hiroshi Nanami|
|Best goalkeeper||Jiang Jin|
|Fair play award||Saudi Arabia|
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.
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 tournament 1, 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)|
|Sports City Stadium||Saida International Stadium||International Olympic Stadium|
|Capacity: 47,799||Capacity: 22,600||Capacity: 22,400|
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.
All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3).
|1||Iran||3||2||1||0||6||1||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
| Chathir 27'|
|Report|| Bagheri 19'|
Estili 75', 87'
|Daei 73'||Report||Sakesan 12'|
| Chahrour 28'|
|Report||Jeayer 5', 22'|
|1||China PR||3||1||2||0||6||2||+4||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|South Korea||2–2||China PR|
| Lee Young-Pyo 30'|
Noh Jung-Yoon 58'
|Report|| Su Maozhen 36'|
Fan Zhiyi 66' (pen.)
| Li Ming 2'|
Shen Si 7' (pen.)
Yang Chen 10'
Qi Hong 90'
|1||Japan||3||2||1||0||13||3||+10||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Morioka 90+1' (o.g.)||Report|| Yanagisawa 26'|
|Gholam 61'||Report||Qosimov 73'|
| Morishima 7'|
Nishizawa 14', 25', 49'
Takahara 18', 20', 57'
| Al-Otaibi 18'|
Al-Shalhoub 35', 78', 86'
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.
|1||South Korea||3||1||1||1||5||3||+2||4||Advance to knockout stage|
South Korea (best third-place) and Qatar (second best third-place) qualified for the quarter-finals.
All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3)
Extra times were played under the golden goal rule.
|23 October – Sidon|
|26 October – Beirut|
|24 October – Beirut|
|29 October – Beirut|
|23 October – Tripoli|
|26 October – Beirut|
|South Korea (a.e.t.)||2|
|24 October – Beirut|
|Saudi Arabia||2||Third place|
|29 October – Beirut|
|Saudi Arabia (a.e.t.)||3|
|Iran||1–2 (a.e.t.)||South Korea|
|Bagheri 71'||Report|| Kim Sang-Sik 90'|
Lee Dong-Gook 99'
| Li Ming 9'|
Qi Hong 38'
Yang Chen 54'
| Nanami 8', 29'|
|South Korea||1–2||Saudi Arabia|
|Lee Dong-Gook 90+1'||Report||Al-Meshal 76', 80'|
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.
Most Valuable Player
Fair Play Award
Team of the Tournament
|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|
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