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Qatar star scores Asian Cup ‘goal of the tournament’ with almost identical replica of Paul Scholes iconic Man Utd volley

FOOTBALL fans viewing the Asian Cup of Nations clash between Qatar and China were treated to a stunning goal which had striking similarities to a famous Paul Scholes effort.

In the final group stage game between the two nations, 65 minutes had been played with no one able to break the deadlock.

Hasan Al-Haydos scored a screamer that drew comparisons with Paul Scholes

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Hasan Al-Haydos scored a screamer that drew comparisons with Paul ScholesCredit: Getty
Paul Scholes scored a similar goal against Bradford in 2000

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Paul Scholes scored a similar goal against Bradford in 2000Credit: Alamy

However, Qatar‘s captain Hassan Al-Haydos led by example when he popped up on the edge of the penalty area from a corner.

The 33-year-old saw the ball clipped in from the left side of the pitch by fellow sub Akram Afif before thundering a volley towards goal.

And there was nothing China goalkeeper Yan Junling could do to stop the effort from going into the net despite being at full stretch.

The wondergoal ended up being definitive as Qatar ran out 1-0 winners.

Reacting to the goal on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, fans could not help but compare the goal to Scholes.

The Manchester United icon scored a similar goal from a David Beckham cross against Bradford in 2000.

One fan said: “Is Hassan Al Haydos the new Paul Scholes?”

A second said: “That was Scholes like.”

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A third said: “This is goal is PERFECT.”

While another said: “That was a video game goal.”

Qatar’s win ensured they went through top of the group with three wins from three games.

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