Oman Defeats Saudi Arabia, Qualifies for Gulf Cup Semi-Final

Published December 28th, 2017 - 08:21 GMT
Oman's team celebrate after scoring a goal during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match between Saudi Arbia and Oman at the Kuwait Stadium in Kuwait City on December 28, 2017.

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Oman's team celebrate after scoring a goal during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match between Saudi Arbia and Oman at the Kuwait Stadium in Kuwait City on December 28, 2017. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Oman booked a seat in the semi-final of the Kuwait-hosted Gulf Cup Thursday after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 at the conclusion of Group A matches.

Saudi player Khaled Abdulbaqi unwittingly deflected a rebounding ball, of a free kick by Oman player Saeed Al-Rezaqi, into his own net giving Oman its first goal in the match in the 58th minute.

Al-Rezaqi was not satisfied with that, he scored what was to prove the winner with a brilliant header in the left of the goalkeeper in the 78th minute.

With this win, Oman topped Group A with two victories and six points and qualified for the semi-final, but the Saudi team disqualified after coming third with only four points after the United Arab Emirate team that came second with five points.


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