Published — Wednesday 9 January 2013
Last update 9 January 2013 2:15 am
RIFA, Bahrain: United Arab Emirates has advanced to the Gulf Cup semifinals, downing Bahrain 2-1 on a late strike from midfielder Majed Hassan on Tuesday.
Qatar beat Oman 2-1 to move into second in Group A and is the favorite to join the UAE with one match remaining.
Ali Mabkhout opened the scoring for the UAE, sidestepping a defender and slotting home a shot in the 40th minute. Bahrain equalized in the 75th when Abdulwahab Al-Malood dashed into the area and chipped in the goal. But in the 85th, Hassan grabbed a deflection off goalkeeper Sayed Jaafar and fired home the winner.
Qatar took the lead in the 56th when Khalfan Ibrahim converted a penalty. Oman’s Hussain Al-Hadhri leeled on a 71st-minute penalty, and Mohammed Jeedo scored the winner in the 88th.