"That's one of the toughest ways to lose", said a distraught Yoshida.
Entering the final with a sensational record of having won their previous six games - scoring 16 goals and conceding none in the process - Qatar continued their dream run into the final.
However, in the last few minutes, Qatar came back again sealed the deal with a penalty after the ball hit the arm of Yoshida.
The glittering gold confetti that heralded Qatar's Asian Cup win had hardly fallen back to earth before the next challenge was being discussed.
"Both teams reached the final undefeated and we must congratulate Japan for showcasing great resolve throughout the tournament and their outstanding efforts to compete with Qatar, culminating in a spectacular final for the Continent's passionate fans".
"We are working on [the] target [of the] 2022 World Cup", said striker Almoez Ali, who added the individual honours of top scorer with nine goals and most valuable player to his winners medal.
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Ali and his teammate Bassam Al Rawi were the subject of a protest by the United Arab Emirates FA over their eligibility to represent Qatar which was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation only hours before kickoff.
Qatar's 4-0 win over the UAE in the semifinal was particularly hard for the host nation to swallow, but this result proved even more embarrassing with celebrations that lasted all night in Doha.
Japan´s players pose for a picture with their silver medals during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019.
Ali's early goal took him past Ali Daei's 1996 tally and, combined with a 27th-minute strike from Abdulaziz Hatem and a late Akram Afif penalty, helped the Qataris make an emphatic statement ahead of their hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Cleverly found by Afif, Ali flicked the ball up to himself before launching into an overhead volley that left Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda helpless as it flew in off the post.
But Hajime Moriyasu's new-look side lacked end product against Qatar, who had never previously gone beyond the last eight. Coaches changed rapidly and there was little structure to the development of players.
"I've worked with Almoez for a very long time and we have good relationship", the Spaniard said.
"I got caught out for all three goals".