After the Qatari national football team won against Japan with 3-1 late on Friday and marked its first Asia Cup victory, huge crowds celebrated their national team back in Qatar.
Qatar's victorious Asian Cup football team returned home to Doha to a rapturous welcome on Saturday, greeted by the country's ruler and hundreds of thousands of fans.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani — who happily high-fived children while waiting for the team to arrive — met the players as they landed to kick-start a second straight night of wild celebrations in Doha.
"I am very happy to see the people celebrating with us, we realise how big what we did is," said coach Felix Sanchez.
"When you win a trophy like that you feel very proud, to see that the hard work sometimes gives you the reward."
The players were also greeted by other members of the royal family, and the head of Qatar Airways, Akbar al-Baker, who supplied the plane for the team to travel back from Oman.
Their aircraft was given a fly-past by Mirage jets, there was a military band, and the squad were presented with garlands as they finally disembarked.
Amid chaotic scenes players and staff were mobbed by fans, friends and family before getting on a specially decorated open top bus to begin the long crawl into Doha to meet the huge numbers who had waited patiently for them to arrive.
"I am proud to make these people happy," said Ali Almoez, the tournament's top scorer. "I am proud of this thing and all the players are."
He added: "For 40 years Qatari people did not celebrate, now we will celebrate for the next four years and not stop."
Captain Hassan al-Haydos called the unexpected triumph and celebrations "an unthinkable feeling" that would "stay with me for life".
Fans waited patiently for several hours to watch the team's parade through central Doha.
Huge crowds crammed on to the Corniche, the main seafront road in the city, to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
First-ever Asia Cup title
Supporters ran alongside the bus as it crawled through the capital.
An air of jubilation has engulfed Qatar ever since the team trounced rivals the United Arab Emirates in the semi-final 4-0 to ensure their first final.
Since Friday's 3-1 final victory over Japan, celebrations throughout the country have barely stopped.
It was Qatar's first ever Asian Cup triumph.
Straight after the victory, thousands of Qataris flooded the streets — and roads — to revel in their team's success.
They waved huge national flags as the patriotic song "Shomela" blasted out. Some fans have put stickers simply reading "4-0" on their cars.
The Asian Cup triumph is the 2022 World Cup host's biggest footballing victory, far eclipsing their three Gulf Cup victories.
The win is a powerful retort to those who have previously criticised Qatar for having no footballing pedigree.
It also comes at a time of simmering political tension in the Gulf, which has given Qatar's win a political as well as a sporting tinge.
Since June 2017, a swathe of countries led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the region have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, claiming it supports terrorism and is seeking better ties with Iran.
Qatar denies the charges and says it is being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy.
It also accuses its neighbouring rivals of seeking regime change in Doha.
Qataris did not travel to the Asian Cup host nation UAE to watch the triumph, because of the political tensions, some claiming they feared what would happen to them if they did.
Many waved Omani flags at the celebration, in recognition of the fans from that country who supported Qatar in Abu Dhabi.