The international tournaments featuring several Ligue 1 stars are coming to an end. Saturday's slate of action featured the 2023 Asian Cup final and the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations third-place match. Here's a recap of how these two games played out.
Qatar 3-1 Jordan
Montpellier HSC's Musa Al-Taamari was in the starting lineup and played 90 minutes for Jordan as he looked to replicate his semi-final performance against South Korea. Al-Taamari scored a goal and assisted on another to punch Jordan's ticket to the final, but it was the host nation who would be celebrating at full time.
Qatar opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and would hold on to that 1-0 lead for the remainder of the first half. Jordan leveled the score in the 67th minute, but Qatar soon took the lead on a second penalty kick goal after a VAR review in the 73rd minute.
The Maroons added the insurance goal with a third penalty, allowing the nation to celebrate back-to-back Asian Cups, with Qatar having won the tournament in 2019.
South Africa 0(6)-0(5) DR Congo
In the third-place match at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Leopards counted on Chancel Mbemba of Olympique de Marseille and Samuel Moutoussamy of FC Nantes in their starting lineup against South Africa. The two teams played to a scoreless first half, with Bafana Bafana registering two total shots while DR Congo had three total shots.
There were no goals in the second half, although DR Congo ramped up their shot total to ten, and South Africa had four total shots in the final 45 minutes. With the game deadlocked, the contest went to a penalty kick shootout. Moutoussamy converted his shot while Mbemba failed to convert his chance in the shootout as South Africa won 6-5 to claim third place at AFCON.