IRAQ TOPS GULF CUP GROUP B WITH TRIUMPH OVER QATAR

KUWAITIraq topped its Gulf Cup Football group, after a 2-1 win over Qatar, on Tuesday, but with one group match left, it remains to be seen, which two teams will progress to the semifinal.

Ali Husni Faisal broke the deadlock in the 65th minute for Iraq, after defender Ali Faez Atiyah's wonderfully executed spot kick, at the end of the first half, put the Lions of Mesopotamia level.

Qatar were first to score through clever counter attack play, that saw Al Moaaz Ali Abdullah easily slotting home.

Despite the victory, giving Iraq four points at the group's summit, an earlier triumph for Bahrain means, both sides are equal on points and goal difference, but the Iraqis have a one-goal advantage.

Qatar, in the meantime, trail with three points and still have equal progression chances with Bahrain, who, both enter a showdown in the final group match.

Meanwhile, Iraq next faces the easier task of bottom-of-the-group Yemen, who have lost their last two matches.

The 23rd edition of the dual-group regional tournament is being hosted by Kuwait, and includes eight participating teams.

Source: NAM News Network