Gulf Cup: Qatar beat UAE to e-book semi-final place | GCC Information
Doha, Qatar – Asian champions and hosts Qatar have crushed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 4-2 in an action-packed match to advance to the semi-finals of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
Newly topped Asian participant of the yr Akram Afif, 22, scored twice within the first half to place Qatar in entrance at a crammed Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, earlier than Emirati ahead Ali Mabkhout transformed a penalty to scale back the UAE’s deficit to 2-1.
Eight minutes into the second half, captain Hassan Al Haydous restored Qatar’s two-goal lead till the 77th minute when Mabkhout discovered the web once more with a robust strike to a muted response from the partisan crowd. However there was no last-minute drama as Boualem Khoukhi sealed Qatar’s win in harm time, sparking large celebrations among the many dwelling workforce and supporters.
A complete of 43,780 spectators had been in attendance for the match on Monday.
Qatar, three-time winners on the biennial regional soccer match, now await the outcomes of the Group B matches to find out their semi-final opponent on Thursday.
“It was superb,” a delighted 24-year-old Qatari fan, Nasser al-Ghazali, advised Al Jazeera, minutes after the full-time whistle.
“It was clearly a vital sport for us to qualify. I feel it was a extremely robust sport. The Emiratis tried actually laborious.”
Alanood Alyamani, one other spectator, mentioned she was wanting ahead to celebrating with household and associates on the Doha Corniche, the principle waterfront promenade within the Qatari capital.
“We’re so glad and excited,” the 30-year-old Qatari nationwide mentioned. “We are going to have fun now within the streets.”