Oman and United Arab Emirates advance to the the final of the Gulf Cup

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Oman and the United Arab Emirates advanced to the playoffs of the Gulf Cup after narrowly winning each of their semifinal games Saturday.
Badr Al Maimani scored in the 54th minute Saturday for Oman to beat Bahrain 1-0.
Al Maimani's header on a cross from Emad Al Hosani beat Bahrain goalkeeper Abdulkarim Abdulla at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium to extend Oman's winning streak to four games.
Bahrain's best chance came when Abdulla Ismails' close-range shot hit the post in the 80th.
Oman had an eighth-minute free kick that tested Abdulla, but once it went in front it played defensively.
Oman lost to host Qatar on a penalty shootout in 2004 in its first ever Gulf Cup final.
In the second game of the evening, Ismail Matar scored in the final seconds of injury time to achieve a semifinal triumph over Saudi Arabia at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium.
Matar picked up a pass from second half substitute Subait Khater, moved toward the penalty area and unleashed a low shot to beat Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Khoujah.
The Saudis played tentatively at the beginning but settled to a pattern in the second half of the match that was more threatening. They pressed hard at the UAE goal and created a couple of good scoring chances but failed to convert them.
The match seemed to head for extra time until Matar came out of the blue with his goal.
Neither the UAE or Oman have won the regional championship. Oman came closest in 2004, when it made it to the finals, but lost to the host, Qatar, in a penalty tie break.

Updated : 2021-01-28 17:36 GMT+08:00