Asian Cup: Xavi predictions give Qatar fans hope as Barcelona legend gets the ...

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was ridiculed for his pre-tournament predictions ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 but it seems he might have the last laugh.

Japan defied the odds to beat tournament favourites Iran 3-0 in the first semi-final and book their place in Friday’s showpiece.

The Spaniard made his selections on Qatari television channel Al Kass Sports back in December and despite derision at the time, they have been eerily accurate.

Al Kass posted that “Xavi’s predictions are correct to date” on January 25 after Qatar had beaten South Korea in the quarter-final.

Xavi correctly picked seven of the eight quarter-finalists – Iran, Japan, Qatar, UAE, South Korea, Australia and China – only falling foul with Syria, as Vietnam also made it through.

Qatar play the UAE in the second semi-final at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

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