Bahrain Advance to Gulf Cup Semi-Finals

Bahrain Advance to Gulf Cup Semi-Finals
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Published December 30th, 2017 - 02:37 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Qatar's Akram Afif (L) vies for the ball with Bahrain's Kamil al-Aswad (R) during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match between Qatar and Bahrain at the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait City on December 29, 2017.

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Qatar's Akram Afif (L) vies for the ball with Bahrain's Kamil al-Aswad (R) during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match between Qatar and Bahrain at the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait City on December 29, 2017. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Qatar promised their fans they would attack in the last game of the Gul Cup group stages. They needed to as a win was the only result that would realistically see them through to the semi-final.

They did as they promised and threw everything at an organised Bahrain side who stood firm for most of the first half. With time expired on the clock and deep into added on time in injury time, the referee awarded them a penalty, however, and Hassan Khalid buried the spot kick.

Bahrain regrouped at the break and came out, much like their opponents did in the first half, throwing caution to the wind.

They had their reward after Ali Madan buried a cross from the left to draw the sides level. From that point, it was all aimless long balls and hopeful attacking from Qatar in the last half an hour with Bahrain very concise and precise in their defending and counter-attacking as they nearly took the lead on a couple of occasions.

Iraq beat Yemen comfortably in the other game as they finish top of the group and will face the UAE while Bahrain will play Oman, who pipped Saudi Arabia on Thursday afternoon.

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