The UAE have reached the Gulf Cup final for the third time in their history after defeating Iraq 4-2 on penalties in Kuwait City, and will now face Oman who beat Bahrain earlier by a solitary goal.
Omar Abdulrhamna was named man of the match, but despite his best efforts he was unable to lead the Alberto Zaccheroni’s men to victory after 120 minutes, a close contest ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
Alaa Abdul Zahra and Humam Tariq missed their spot kicks for Iraq while Ali Mabkhout, Omar Abdulrahman, Khamis Ismail and Mohammed Al Menhali all converted for the UAE to send the travelling Emirati fans into wild celebration at Jaber International Stadium.
Earlier, Oman had overcome Bahrain 1-0 with a 29th minute header from Mahdi Abd Al Jabar, but had to withstand some heavy pressure in the closing minutes of the match.
Oman are looking to win their second Gulf Cup after their 2009 triumph, while the UAE have 100 percent record in finals, having won in 2007 and 2013.
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