Saudi Arabia, Bahrain reach Arabian Gulf Cup Final

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain reach Arabian Gulf Cup Final

The Saudi Arabia national football team and their counterparts in Bahrain have booked their places in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup final game after beating Qatar and Iraq respectively on Thursday December 5th in the semi-finals.

Saudi Arabia defeated Qatar 1-0 in the Arabian Gulf Cup semi-final game on Thursday December 5th to set-up a football crunch showdown against Bahrain in the final.

Al-Shabab striker Abdullah Al Hamddan snatched the victory goal in the 28th minute for Saudi Arabia, who managed to keep their lead over their hosts until the end.

“We achieved a difficult victory over a tough team play at home before their fans,” Saudi national team coach Hervé Renard told the post-game press conference.

“We achieved a big victory, but we didn’t win the title yet, so we still have a tough game in the final”.

Bahrain defeated Iraq 5-3 on penalty kicks after the game’s full time finished with 2-2 draw between the two sides at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha.

Saudi Arabia will face Bahrain in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup final game on December 8th at Khalifa International Stadium.

With the participation of all eight members of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation, the 24th biennial football competition started on November 26th in Doha and will finish on December 8th.

The idea for the tournament was first established at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and the first Arabian Gulf Cup took place in 1970, which was won by Kuwait.