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Gulf Cup: Hosts Yemen suffer early exit

Posted in Asian Football by peterbein on November 26, 2010

Gulf CupThe 2010 Gulf Cup of Nations, currently being hosted in the country of Yemen, is two matches into the 20th edition of the tournament. Following their second game the host nation knows that not even a win in their final group game against Kuwait can get them into the semi-finals.

That’s because Group A is topped by Saudi Arabia and record nine-time champions Kuwait, each of whom have four points, with Qatar close behind the top two with three points. On Matchday 2 the top two teams faced off against each other and could only muster a goalless draw to follow up on opening day wins. In the other Yemen, hoping to keep local interest alive for a couple more days, were defeated by Qatar by two goals to one. Even in the unlikely event of Yemen chalking a win against the much stronger Kuwait team there is little they can do but restore some pride to their team. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, meanwhile, will hope to cement a place in the semi-finals with the former needing only a draw whilst the latter must win. That should make for a fascinating contest.

In Group B defending champions Oman are making hard work of the competition having drawn both of their games against Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Oman must win their final group match against table toppers Iraq, who have a two point lead on Oman in the group standings, on Monday to confirm a place in the last four. The United Arab Emirates, who lie in third place due to having scored fewer goals than Oman, face off against bottom team Bahrain on Matchday 3 and they will hope to be able to get three points but Bahrain do still have an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals but will need the results of both games to go their way.

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