Gutsy Qatar crush UAE to reach Gulf Cup semi-finals

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Qatar's forward Akram Afif (C) celebrates with his team after scoring during the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Group A football match between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 2, 2019.

 Asian champions Qatar on Monday crushed the UAE 4-2 to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Gulf Cup after a pulsating battle at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium.

A packed crowd saw Akram Afif - who won the Asian Player of the Year award a couple of hours before the kick-off on Monday - fired two goals (20, 28 p) as Qatar produced a commanding show on home soil. 

Qatar captain Hassan Al Haydos scored the third goal of the Group A match while Bualem Khoukhi added the fourth (90 + 4) in injury time. 

For the UAE, Ali Mabkhout scored two goals (33 p and 77). 
Qatar will play the winner of Group B.

 

Three-time Qatar last won the Gulf Cup in 2014 when they beat hosts Saudi Arabia in the final.

 

Earlier this year, Qatar beat the UAE 4-0 in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup which they went to win the tournament by crushing Japan 3-1.

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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