Former Gulf Cup champions United Arab Emirates edged Bahrain 3-1 in their last Group B match of the Gulf Cup on Monday to progress into the semi-finals of the competition.
United Arab Emirates (UAE), who topped the group with five points, opened the scoring after only four minutes as Subait Khater fired in a powerful free-kick before Fares Juma made it 2-0 with a powerful header. Bahrain pulled a goal back in the 35th minute when Abdullah Fatadi made a good solo effort before scoring with a powerful shot but UAE second-half substitute Ahmed Juma sealed the win after 64 minutes.
Elsewhere, defending Asian Cup champions Iraq joined UAE in the final four following their scoreless draw with Oman in the other match in the group on Monday. Iraq will meet group A winners Kuwait in the semi-finals next Thursday while UAE will take on group A runners-up Saudi Arabia on the same night and the winners will advance to the final which will take place on 5 December.