UAE sets up date with destiny: Will play Iraq in Gulf Cup final

UAE, who last won the Gulf Cup in 2007, will take on former Asian champions Iraq on Friday

Ahmad Khalil scored a last-gasp goal to guide the United Arab Emirates into the final of the Gulf Cup with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Kuwait on Tuesday in Bahrain.

After missing a host of chances, Khalil who struck the woodwork in the first half, put UAE through with an 89th minute strike.

The Whites are seeking their second Gulf Cup Cup title and first since 2007. 

The all-important goal came seconds into the final minute of regular time when the never-say-die Omar Abdulrahman initiated a move inches outside the penalty area on the left and sent Abdulaziz Sanqor through with a well-timed diagonal pass.

Sanqor did well to beat his marker Mohammed Frieh and send a cross past the face of the goal to Khalil, who jabbed the ball low and to the right of Kuwait goalkeeper Nawaf Al Khaldi.

It was Khalil’s (below) third goal of the championships and the UAE stands, packed with fans especially flown in by 21 chartered planes, went wild.

The UAE, whose previous Gulf Cup victory came in 2007, will take former Asian champions Iraq in the final on Friday.