Hamam's joy was cut short.
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Lebanon, in their first Asian Cup appearance for 19 years, defended resolutely for the better part of of an hour, and even had a first-half goal from Ali Hamam harshly chalked off.After scoring what appeared to be Lebanon's first Asian Cup goal since hosting the event in 2000, Hamam was understandably frustrated to be on the wrong end of the decision.In truth, Lebanon did the best they possibly could with Miodrag Radulovic's hidebound 3-5-2 system, which hamstrung the Cedars in midfield and left them toothless in attack.The majority of the first half passed without incident until Lebanon took a shock lead on 37 minutes.As Qatar re-established their dominance in midfield, Lebanon visibly began to fray under the mounting pressure.After Boualem Khoukhi sent his subsequent free kick screaming towards goal, Maatouk plumped for the questionable decision of saving face -- so to speak -- instead of heading the ball away.With the fresh Hassan chugging down the left and Lebanon's shape disintegrating, the left-back drew Hamam to the ball before slipping a cute pass to Akram Afif.
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