In the 17 th Arabian Gulf’s SemifinalsOman & Qatar move to the final [Archives:2004/801/Sports]

December 23 2004

Monday Dec.20- Oman defeated Bahrain 3-2 and Qatar won 2-0 over Kuwait in the semifinals to advance to the final encounter.
In the first half of the game, Oman proved control and possession of the ball better than Bahrain. The Omani players waged several recurrent offensives, which yielded a goal in minute 42 of the game time through skilled striker Emad Al-Hawsari.
The second half opened with a second goal for Oman through Badr Al-Maimani after exploiting a mistake of a Bahraini player, but only one minute after, Mohammad Jalal scored the first goal for Bahrain.
Bahrain equalized in minute 77 of the game time through a corner kick, but in minute 81, Emad Al-Hawsari scored for Oman to end the encounter with Oman 3-2 ahead.
In the meeting combining Qatar and Kuwait, the former went ahead in minute 41 of the first half through its striker Sayyed Basheer. The first half witnessed numerous yellow cards due to obstructions committed by both sides.
The game concluded with a penalty shot through which forward player Nasser Kalil added the second for Qatar to increase his side's advantage to two goals.
Through its 2-0 win, Qatar deserves to play the final game with the Omani giant.