2004 AFC Asian Cup Final
|Event||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|Date||7 August 2004|
|Venue||Workers Stadium, Beijing|
|Man of the Match||Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan)|
|Referee||Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)|
The AFC Asian Cup 2004 Final was an association football match that took place on 7 August 2004 at the Workers Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China, to determine the winner of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup.
The tournament's closing ceremony was held immediately prior to kickoff.
Japanese player Koji Nakata's handball goal at 68th minute was not picked up by the referee, which led to great dissatisfaction of Chinese fans.
Racism and unsportsmanlike conduct by the Chinese
Chinese fans jeered during Japan's national anthem and also during Japanese possession of the ball. In addition, some Chinese fans, quoting a decades-old patriotic song, called for the decapitation of Japanese people.
Prior to the finals, Chinese reporters allegedly turned a pre-game news conference with the Japanese team coach into a political grilling, which led to criticisms by Japanese news media, and a call by senior Japanese government officials, including then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, for Chinese fans to improve their demeanor.
Following the match, rioting by Chinese fans erupted near the north gate of Beijing's Workers Stadium and Japanese fans were transported to safety by bus. In response, Chinese officials accused Japanese media of hyping
Route to the final
|Iraq||3–0||Quarterfinals||Jordan||1–1 (4–3 pen.)|
|Iran||1–1 (4–3 pen.)||Semifinals||Bahrain||4–3|
7 August 2004
|Li Ming 31'||Report||Takashi Fukunishi 22'
Koji Nakata 65'
Keiji Tamada 90+1'
|AFC Asian Cup 2004 Winners|
- Yardley, Jim (9 August 2004). "In Soccer Loss, a Glimpse of China's Rising Ire at Japan". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- ESPNSoccernet 'Hand of Koji' brings Japan third title 8 August 2004