Bahrain starts the “Gulf 25” by defeating the UAE.. and Qatar defeats Kuwait

Defending champions Bahrain national team opened the journey to retain the title with a valuable win over the UAE 2-1 at the Olympic Port Stadium in Basra on Saturday, while Qatar, with an auxiliary group, Kuwait 2- 0, opening the first round competitions for the second group teams in the twenty-fifth Gulf Cup in football. .

Qatar topped the group with three points, on goal difference from Bahrain, and against each of the Emirates and Kuwait without a balance.

In the second round, next Tuesday, the Emirates play Kuwait and Qatar play Bahrain.

Bahrain’s goals were scored by Camille Al-Aswad (60) and Jassim Al-Sheikh (78), and the UAE’s only goal was scored by Sebastien Tagliabue (90 + 2).

Tagliabue told the Qatari Cup channel: “We played well in the first half, and in the second as well, but we made two mistakes in concentration and took advantage of them. Our team is good and I have a feeling that we will qualify. We need follow-up work and we will not give up.”

Portuguese Helio Souza, who led Bahrain to its first title in its history in 2019, won the bet after being criticized before the start of the tournament because of the team he selected and has some familiar names such as the veteran Ismail Abdul Latif missed. and leading scorer in the Bahrain League in the last two seasons, Mahdi Abdul-Jabbar.

On the other hand, criticism will mount against the Argentine Rodolfo Arwabarina, the UAE coach, who removed the historic striker, Ali Mabkhout from the list. Aruabarrena was not so lucky, after striker Fabio Lima was injured in pre-match training.

The Emirati side started the game with high pressure on the ball carrier, which confused the Bahraini players, and Al-Abyad was the better side during the first half of the first half, after his attempts to reach the Bahraini penalty area by the introductions of the players of the parties with constant pressure.

The Bahraini side became active after half an hour and regained control of the pitch and the central area, its efforts coming through the launches of Mahdi Humaidan and Ali Madan, with Kamil Al-Aswad on the flanks.

Three in the last half hour

The first opportunity in the game was for the Emirates, after Ali Haram made a mistake clearing the ball from inside the penalty area, and it reached Ali Saleh Amr, who shot past the left post (5).

Another opportunity arose for the Emirates, after Ali Amr broke through from the left and hit a powerful ball on the outside of the penalty area, which goalkeeper Sayed Muhammad Jaafar struggled to push away (13). Then Abdullah Bakhit shot his ball over the crossbar (15).

The most dangerous chances of the half came in Bahrain’s favor after a cross by Sayed Diyaa Saeed inside the penalty area was set up by striker Abdullah Youssef to Ali Madan who was coming from behind and the latter headed the ball into the goal. hit. but goalkeeper Khaled Issa brilliantly saved his goal from a goal scored (36).

And Al-Aswad passed a cross from the left, which reached Abdullah Youssef, who sent it towards the goal, which Issa received (40).

And in the second half, the defending champions opened the scoring through Camille Al-Aswad with a beautiful shot from a free-kick from outside the penalty area, which settled into Issa’s left corner after connecting with left-back Khaled Al-Dhanhani (60) collided .

After receiving the man of the match award, Al-Aswad said: “It’s a great start for us. We suffered a bit in the first half but we came back after that.”

Jassim Al-Sheikh added the second goal for Bahrain after a powerful and wide shot from outside the penalty area and put the ball into the left corner of Issa’s goal (77).

Sayed Dia Saeed almost scored the third goal for Bahrain after an individual effort, as he penetrated into the penalty area and played the ball past the right post (88).

In the second minute of stoppage time, the UAE national team narrowed the gap by scoring the first goal through substitute Sebastien Tagliabue’s header, following a cross from Hareb Abdullah (90 + 2).

Abdullah Youssef missed the opportunity to increase the difference again after Issa was alone, after a wrong pass from Khalifa Al Hammadi and he hit over the crossbar (90 + 4).

Burgundy stands out

In the second game, control in the first half was condemned by “Al-Annabi” with its renewed young team, represented by the Olympic team, fed with a number of the first team’s members who participated in the World Cup 2022, and this reality was translated into a goal that Amr Siraj headed in with a perfect shot, which the Kuwaiti goalkeeper Suleiman Abdel-Ghafour could not. He prevented her from shaking his net (23).

Al-Azraq launched timid campaigns in an attempt to rectify the situation, but he was surprised by a penalty awarded against him by Ahmed Alaa El-Din to the left of Abdel Ghafour, who threw to the right (38) .

The pressure exerted by the Kuwaiti team in the second half did not bear fruit, despite the flood of opportunities available to the players, the most prominent of which was the isolation of substitute Shabib Al-Khalidi, who the Qatari -goalkeeper, Meshaal, bypassed. Barshim, but he did not improve the position of the ball in the empty net 55.

The “Blue” leader of the “Regional Championship” with ten titles (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998 and 2010) wished him to return after years to the first roles in his favorite -playing competition of confusion, problems, suspension and forgetfulness. However, his exit from the group stage in the last two editions, in addition to his failure to reach the 2023 Asian Cup finals, were the accounts of Portuguese coach Roy Pinto, who relied on a squad. of youngsters grafted with expert names, was out of place as Kuwait suffered its seventh loss against Qatar since the competition’s inception in 1970. Against 11 wins and one draw.

“Al Annabi” in turn made a good start to the championship, winning its title three times in 1992, 2004 and 2014.

The Qatar federation decided to play the Gulf Cup with the Olympic team led by its Portuguese coach Bruno Pinheiro instead of the first team long coached by Spaniard Felix Sanchez before he left a few days ago, with the aim is to give young players an opportunity to show their potential, but the team has been strengthened with a number of elements that have appeared in the 2022 World Cup. Similar to Al-Haris Barshim, Tariq Salman, Muhammad Waad and Hammam Al-Amin.

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