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Group A of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The group's first round of matches were played on 9 and 10 January, the second round on 13 January, and the final round on 17 January. All six group matches were played at venues in Australia. The group consisted of hosts Australia, South Korea, Oman and Kuwait.[1] South Korea and Australia advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Oman and Kuwait were eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
March 2014[nb 1] Start of event
A1   Australia Hosts 5 January 2011 3rd 2011 Runners-up (2011) 63 100
A2   South Korea 2011 AFC Asian Cup third place 28 January 2011 13th 2011 Winners (1956, 1960) 60 69
A3   Oman Group A winners 19 November 2013 3rd 2007 Group stage (2004, 2007) 81 93
A4   Kuwait Group B runners-up 19 November 2013 10th 2011 Winners (1980) 110 125
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of March 2014 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
3   Oman 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3
4   Kuwait 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.

In the quarter-finals:

  • South Korea advanced to play Uzbekistan (runner-up of Group B).
  • Australia advanced to play China PR (winner of Group B).

MatchesEdit

Australia vs KuwaitEdit

 
Match between Australia and Kuwait

Hussain Fadhel's eighth-minute header had briefly dampened spirits at a sold out Melbourne Rectangular Stadium only for Massimo Luongo to set up Tim Cahill to equalise with his 37th international goal, 12 minutes before half-time. After Luongo headed home his first for the Socceroos at the end of the first half, a penalty from captain Mile Jedinak two minutes after the hour mark and a late strike from James Troisi secured all three points for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finalists in the Group A opener.[2] Looking to build on reaching the final of the last edition in Qatar, Australia made a bright start on a chilly evening, but the home side were stunned after just eight minutes as Fadhel stooped at the near post to direct a diving header from Abdulaziz Al Masha'an's right wing corner low past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan having broken clear of defender Trent Sainsbury. Australia were able to double their advantage two minutes after the hour mark as captain Jedinak confidently sent Hameed Youssef the wrong way from the penalty spot after Robbie Kruse had been upended by Sultan Al Enezi just inside the area.[3]

Kuwait came close to setting up a tense finish as only a fingertip save from Ryan turned Fahad Al Ansari's superb 71st minute effort onto the crossbar, before Australia substitute Nathan Burns followed suit soon after with an acrobatic glancing header at the other end. But it was Australia who looked the more likely to add to their lead and Troisi's close range finish in stoppage time sealed an ultimately impressive victory for the home side.[3][4]

Australia  4–1  Kuwait
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kuwait
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjić
CB 20 Trent Sainsbury
CB 6 Matthew Spiranovic
LB 13 Aziz Behich
DM 15 Mile Jedinak (c)
CM 21 Massimo Luongo   84'
CM 14 James Troisi
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
LW 10 Robbie Kruse   72'
CF 4 Tim Cahill   65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Tomi Jurić   65'
FW 16 Nathan Burns   72'
MF 23 Mark Bresciano   84'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
 
GK 23 Hameed Youssef
RB 5 Fahed Al Hajri
CB 4 Hussain Fadhel   19'    57'
CB 13 Musaed Neda (c)
LB 6 Khaled Al Qahtani   75'
DM 21 Ali Maqseed
RM 8 Saleh Al Sheikh
CM 11 Fahad Al Ansari
CM 12 Sultan Al Enezi
LM 16 Faisal Zaid   47'
CF 10 Abdulaziz Al Masha'an   64'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Amer Al Fadhel   57'
MF 20 Yousef Nasser   64'
FW 17 Bader Al-Mutawa   75'
Manager:
  Nabil Maâloul

Man of the Match:
Massimo Luongo (Australia)[5]

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Malaysia)

South Korea vs OmanEdit

Third place finishers in 2011, South Korea were on top for much of the first period but at half-time had only Cho Young-cheol's stoppage time goal to show for their control of proceedings. A flurry of attacking substitutions in the final 30 minutes did see Oman threaten to level the game, notably through Amad Al-Hosni who had a header tipped onto the crossbar in added time, but South Korea held on to move into second place behind Australia. With a rainy conditions in the Australian capital, South Korea had their first chance on five minutes as midfielder Koo Ja-cheol cut in from the left-hand side and fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area that Ali Al-Habsi got down low to his right to tip around the post. Two minutes later, Son Heung-min latched on to a long ball over the top from Kim Chang-soo and lifted the ball over Al-Habsi, only to see it bounce off the top of the crossbar and away from danger. Defender Jaber Al-Owaisi had a chance to put Oman ahead against the run of play but turned his header well over the bar from Eid Al-Farsi's corner on 12th minutes. Although, South Korea began to stamp their authority on the game, with six minutes of the half remaining Kim Ju-young brought down Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali and from 20 yards out Al Farsi bent the ball marginally wide of the far post. As the match neared the half-time interval, South Korea scored the opening goal they had long threatened. Al-Habsi had already athletically turned away his own defender Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini's unintentional header and kept out a long-range free-kick from Son but he was beaten a minute into first half stoppage time.[6]

Lee Chung-yong pounced on a loose ball and laid the ball off to Koo and the midfielder's left footed shot from outside the area was beaten out by Al-Habsi only as far as a sliding Cho who forced the ball back across the wrong-footed goalkeeper and into the opposite corner from close range. South Korea continued as they had left off after the break and four minutes after the restart, Lee drove a low shot into the side netting and then Al-Habsi pulled off a fine reaction save to tip over Koo's header from point-blank range.

Oman coach Paul Le Guen made attacking replacements in the final half hour by bringing on Al-Hosni and Mohsin Al-Khaldi in an attempt to restore parity and on 76th minutes Al-Muqbali had a golden chance to equalize when Ali Al-Busaidi picked him out all alone in the penalty area but the forward's first touch was poor and South Korea cleared their lines. The West Asians continued to put in an improved performance thereafter as South Korea sat back, and in stoppage time Al-Hosni's goal-bound header from a corner was dramatically touched onto the crossbar by Kim Jin-hyeon as Uli Stielike's side narrowly escaped to take all three points.[7][8]

South Korea  1–0  Oman
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Korea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oman
GK 23 Kim Jin-hyeon
RB 2 Kim Chang-soo   19'
CB 4 Kim Ju-young
CB 20 Jang Hyun-soo
LB 3 Kim Jin-su
CM 6 Park Joo-ho
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng (c)
AM 13 Koo Ja-cheol
RW 17 Lee Chung-yong   78'
LW 7 Son Heung-min
CF 9 Cho Young-cheol   71'
Substitutions:
DF 22 Cha Du-ri   19'
FW 18 Lee Jung-hyup   71'
MF 12 Han Kyo-won   78'
Manager:
  Uli Stielike
 
GK 1 Ali Al-Habsi (c)
RB 6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh
CB 13 Abdul Al-Mukhaini
CB 3 Jaber Al-Owaisi   73'
CB 2 Mohammed Al-Musalami
LB 16 Ali Al-Busaidi
RM 7 Mohammed Al-Siyabi   86'
CM 12 Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri
CM 8 Eid Al-Farsi
LM 10 Qasim Said   61'
CF 9 Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali   32'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Amad Al-Hosni   61'
MF 21 Mohsin Al-Khaldi   73'
FW 23 Said Al-Ruzaiqi   86'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen

Man of the Match:
Koo Ja-cheol (South Korea)[9]

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Mark Rule (New Zealand)
Fourth official:
Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
Fifth official:
Najah Raham Alhamaidah (Iraq)

Kuwait vs South KoreaEdit

A goal from Nam Tae-hee meant South Korea would later join Australia, 4-0 winners over Oman, as the first teams to book themselves a place in the tournament's quarter-finals after they defeated Kuwait 1–0 at Canberra Stadium. The midfielder's breakthrough came on 35 minutes from a bullet header but Kuwait would once again be ruing the woodwork after they hit the post early in the second half through Ali Maqseed after having similar misfortune in their opening loss to Australia in the opening match.[10]

Kuwait were eliminated from the tournament and would be playing for pride against Oman in their final group stage tie at Newcastle Stadium after their defeat in Australia's capital. Ahead of the game, both coaches had rung the changes with Uli Stielike bringing in seven new starters due to a swathe of injuries and illness to key players including Lee Chung-yong and Son Heung-min. Kuwait, too, also saw new faces at both ends of the field with defenders Amer Al Fadhel and Fahad Awadh coming in, as well as forwards Abdullah Al Buraiki and Yousef Nasser, all four making their first starts of the campaign. Having lost their Group A opener, the onus was on Kuwait to attack but their early attempts were snuffed out by the Korean backline as the first period began in cagey fashion with little goal-mouth action. But by the half hour mark, the match finally came into life as Kim Min-woo sent Lee Keun-ho through on goal, but Kuwait goalkeeper Hameed Youssef stood up well to get a hand to the Korean striker's attempted lob and he batted the ball over the crossbar.[11][12]

The warning was not heeded by Kuwait and in their next attack the Koreans took the lead. Kim Min-woo found Cha Du-ri on the right flank and the full back set off on a lung-busting run before whipping in a cross that was met by a towering header from Nam that Youssef could not keep out. The breakthrough sent confidence flowing through the East Asians and they easily played out the remainder of the first period. But the Korean's composure was almost shattered within the first three minutes of the second half as Al Maqseed hit a sublime shot from the right-hand corner of the penalty area that had Kim Seung-gyu beaten as it clattered off the far post. With the second half turning into an exciting end-to-end spectacle, Nam then went close with his own long-range special as he cut inside and drove a low shot narrowly wide of Youssef's left-hand post on the hour mark, before Al Maqseed then went close again after checking inside Jang Hyun-soo and curling inches over the Korean crossbar. Coach Nabil Maâloul threw on star forward Bader Al-Mutawa with just under half an hour remaining as Kuwait pushed for a leveler but it was Korea who went closest to netting next as Kim Min-woo forced a solid save from Youssef as he unleashed an angled drive from inside of the penalty area following a one-two with Lee Keun-ho.[13]

Abdulaziz Al Misha'an went close with a near post attempt before Park Joo-ho and Lee Jung-hyup both had efforts well-saved as the game ended in frenetic fashion with neither team able to make further incursions into the scoreline as Korean fans celebrated in the stands.[14]

Kuwait  0–1  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 8,795
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kuwait
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Korea
GK 23 Hameed Youssef
RB 2 Amer Al Fadhel
CB 5 Fahed Al Hajri
CB 13 Musaed Neda (c)
LB 3 Fahad Awadh   35'
RM 9 Abdullah Al Buraiki   75'
CM 11 Fahad Al Ansari
LM 12 Sultan Al Enezi   64'
SS 21 Ali Maqseed
SS 10 Abdulaziz Al Masha'an
CF 20 Yousef Nasser   76'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Bader Al-Mutawa   64'
MF 16 Faisal Zaid   75'
FW 15 Faisal Al Enezi   76'
Manager:
  Nabil Maâloul
 
GK 21 Kim Seung-gyu
RB 22 Cha Du-ri   70'
CB 20 Jang Hyun-soo   19'
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 3 Kim Jin-su
RM 15 Lee Myung-joo   46'
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng (c)
LM 6 Park Joo-ho
RW 10 Nam Tae-hee   42'    86'
LW 8 Kim Min-woo   76'
CF 11 Lee Keun-ho
Substitutions:
FW 9 Cho Young-cheol   46'
FW 18 Lee Jung-hyup   76'
MF 14 Han Kook-young   86'
Manager:
  Uli Stielike

Man of the Match:
Abdulaziz Al Misha'an (Kuwait)[15]

Assistant referees:
Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Mohammad Reza Abolfazli (Iran)
Fourth official:
Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
Fifth official:
Najah Alhamaidah (Iraq)

Oman vs AustraliaEdit

A second straight four-goal haul means Australia and South Korea would battle for top spot in Group A in Brisbane at the weekend after Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos handed Oman a comprehensive 4–0 defeat at Stadium Australia on to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament. A draw would be enough for the tournament hosts on 17 January evening to win the group on goal difference and set up a quarter-final clash with the runners-up in Group B, after two goals in three minutes from Matt McKay and Robbie Kruse sent Australia on their way to an impressive victory. A penalty from Mark Milligan and a close range strike from second-half substitute Tomi Jurić added to Oman's woes in a game in which Paul Le Guen's side were totally outclassed. Coupled with South Korea's 1-0 win over Kuwait earlier, the two quarter-finals berths from Group A have now been filled, with only the positions at the top of the table left to be determined.[16]

McKay was drafted into the starting line-up as Postecoglou made three changes to the team that handed Kuwait a 4–1 thrashing in the opening game, with injured captain Mile Jedinak replaced by Mark Milligan, and McKay and Jason Davidson came in instead of James Troisi and Aziz Behich. The changes did little to disrupt the rhythm of the Socceroos, who steadily took control of the game after an early scare, when Raed Ibrahim Saleh's third minute thunderbolt from long range was brilliantly palmed to safety by Mat Ryan. However, the Socceroos, just as they did against Kuwait in the tournament opener in Melbourne, slowly took control of the game and by the time the clock had ticked past the halfway point in the opening period, Australia were in total command. Tim Cahill, captain for the night in Jedinak's absence twice went close with looping headers before McKay, one of the heroes of Australia's run to the final in Qatar four years ago, put his side in front.[17]

Kruse's 27th minute corner from the Omani right was headed goalward by Trent Sainsbury and McKay scooped the ball over the line from close range to lift the majority of 50,276 fans to their feet. Three minutes later the Australians doubled their advantage, with Kruse this time starting and finishing a fine move with a run from just inside his own half, laying the ball off to Massimo Luongo, whose return pass the Bayer Leverkusen striker slipped under Ali Al-Habsi. Milligan converted from the spot three minutes into first half injury time after Cahill was hauled down by Ali Al-Busaidi as the Socceroos closed out an impressive opening 45 minutes with another goal.[18]

Cahill and Luongo made way for Jurić and Mark Bresciano five minutes after the restart and, with 20 minutes to go, Western Sydney Wanderers’ striker Jurić put the seal on the win with a sliding finish after Leckie's superb cross from the left with the outside of his right boot gave the Oman defence little chance.[19]

Oman  0–4  Australia
Report
Attendance: 50,276
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
GK 1 Ali Al-Habsi (c)
CB 13 Abdul Al-Mukhaini   45+1'
CB 3 Jaber Al-Owaisi
CB 2 Mohammed Al-Musalami
RWB  6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh   88'
LWB  16 Ali Al-Busaidi   46'
RM 12 Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri    36'
CM 8 Eid Al-Farsi
LM 21 Mohsin Al-Khaldi
CF 9 Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali
CF 20 Amad Al-Hosni   46'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Ali Al-Jabri   46'
DF 11 Amer Said Al-Shatri   46'
DF 15 Ali Salim Al-Nahar   88'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen
 
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjić
CB 20 Trent Sainsbury
CB 6 Matthew Spiranovic    73'
LB 3 Jason Davidson   87'
RM 21 Massimo Luongo   51'
CM 5 Mark Milligan
LM 17 Matt McKay
RW 7 Mathew Leckie   77'
LW 10 Robbie Kruse
CF 4 Tim Cahill (c)   51'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Tomi Juric   51'
MF 23 Mark Bresciano   51'
MF 11 Tommy Oar   77'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou

Man of the Match:
Robbie Kruse (Australia)[20]

Assistant referees:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Fourth official:
Muhammad Taqi Al-Jaafari (Singapore)
Fifth official:
Jeffrey Goh (Singapore)

Australia vs South KoreaEdit

Host country, Australia lost 1–0 against South Korea at Brisbane Stadium thanks to a goal from striker Lee Jung-hyup. The loss was Australia's first defeat on home soil since losing to Kuwait in qualifying for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in March 2009, means the Koreans top Group A and would play either Saudi Arabia or Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals in Melbourne. Australia also would take on China PR in the quarter-finals. Lee Jeong-hyeop scored 13 minutes before the end of the first half in a thrilling encounter but the Koreans did not emerge unscathed, with midfielders Koo Ja-cheol and Park Joo-ho both departing from the game with injuries. Aziz Behich returned to the starting line-up for the Australians, as did Tomi Juric, while Son Heung-min remained on the bench for the Koreans despite having recovered from the fever that kept him out of the 1–0 win over Kuwait.[21][22]

Just after the half hour mark, it was the Koreans who made the breakthrough in a fascinating first half. Despite having Park Joo-ho off the pitch receiving treatment following a clash with Nathan Burns that earned the Australian striker a yellow card, the Koreans took the lead following a fine move instigated by Ki Sung-yueng and finished off by Lee Jeong-hyeop. Swansea midfielder Ki slipped the ball inside Australian left back Ivan Franjic to former Asian Footballer of the Year Lee Keun-ho and his low ball towards the far post was given the faintest of touches by Lee Jung-hyup to deflect it over the line. The goal was South Korea's first on-target effort in the half, with Kwak Tae-hwi's 15th-minute header having earlier gone just wide of Mat Ryan's goal. The hosts were the livelier of the two teams in the opening exchanges, and Burns was given the chance to punish a mistake by Kim Young-gwon after just 11 minutes, only to waste the opportunity.[23]

Burns was Australia's most likely source of a goal in the opening 45 minutes, and the majority of the 48,513 crowd inside a packed Brisbane Stadium thought the Wellington Phoenix striker had leveled the game four minutes after the Koreans had taken the lead, but the ball hit the side netting. Knowing a draw would ensure top spot in the group standings, the Australians pushed hard in the second half for the equaliser. Juric missed a gilt-edged chance eight minutes after the restart when he steered Franjic's return pass over the bar from six yards out while 11 minutes later substitute Mathew Leckie found the arms of Kim Jin-hyeon with his effort on the turn.[24]

Burns' last involvement in the game almost yielded the leveler for the Australian team in the 70th minute as he surged through the middle of the Korean defence before seeing Kim Jin-hyeon save at full stretch before Kim Chang-soo hacked to safety. Robbie Kruse and Tim Cahill came off the bench for the final 20 minutes, replacing Burns and Matt McKay respectively, but the duo were unable to break South Korea's defensive resistance, with Kruse coming closest two minutes from the end when Kim Jin-hyeon deflected his close-range effort over the bar.[25][26]

Australia  0–1  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 48,513
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Korea
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjic
CB 20 Trent Sainsbury
CB 6 Matthew Spiranovic    79'
LB 13 Aziz Behich
RM 21 Massimo Luongo
CM 5 Mark Milligan (c)
LM 17 Matt McKay   71'
RW 16 Nathan Burns   29'   71'
LW 14 James Troisi   60'
CF 9 Tomi Juric
Substitutions:
MF 7 Mathew Leckie   60'
FW 4 Tim Cahill   90+1'    71'
FW 10 Robbie Kruse   71'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
 
GK 23 Kim Jin-hyeon
RB 2 Kim Chang-soo   61'
CB 5 Kwak Tae-hwi
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 3 Kim Jin-su
CM 6 Park Joo-ho   41'
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng (c)
RW 12 Han Kyo-won   58'    76'
AM 13 Koo Ja-cheol   49'
LW 11 Lee Keun-ho
CF 18 Lee Jung-hyup
Substitutions:
MF 14 Han Kook-young   41'
MF 7 Son Heung-min   49'
DF 20 Jang Hyun-soo   76'
Manager:
  Uli Stielike

Man of the Match:
Ki Sung-yueng (South Korea)[27]

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Muhammad Taqi Al-Jaafari (Singapore)
Fifth official:
Jeffrey Goh (Singapore)

Oman vs KuwaitEdit

Oman beat Kuwait 1–0 at Newcastle Stadium to finish in third place of the Group A. With both teams having lost their first two games to effectively be eliminated from the competition, the meeting between the Persian Gulf rivals had little riding on it. Oman ensured they did not finish bottom of the group by pulling off a victory thanks to a solitary goal from Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali despite Kuwait having much the better of the game. Kuwait side would feel hard done by as they outplayed their opponents for much of the match. However, a goal in the 69th minute by Al Muqbali was all that mattered for Oman at the end of the day.[28]

After a quiet start to the first half Kuwait began to find their rhythm, and managed the first shot on goal in the 11th minute when Musaed Neda fired in a free kick from just outside the box on the right which sailed over the bar. Just before the half hour mark Khaled Al Qahtani received the ball in space in the box on the right following a fine pass from Abdullah Al Buraiki. He had time to pull the trigger, but sent in a poor effort that flew high and right of the goal. Four minutes later on the other side of the box Kuwait had another great chance when Fahed Al Hajri was unmarked and after being on the end of a fine ball he volleyed wide of the mark. In the 42nd minute Fahad Al Ansari sent in a brilliant shot from the right and well outside the box. It was slightly too high but forced the keeper to make a dive at full stretch to make sure his goal was protected.[29]

The second half saw Kuwait continue to exert pressure on Oman as they went in search of a breakthrough goal. Five minutes into the second half, Oman's Jaber Al-Owaisi came so close to scoring a spectacular own goal when in trying to clear the ball he headed it just over his own cross bar. In the 53rd minute, Al Hajri shot low and left of the right hand post from just outside the box. Shortly after Al Buraiki broke down the right and as he closed in on goal quickly to fire off a shot that was well saved by Oman's goalkeeper and captain Ali Al-Habsi. Completely against the run of play Oman broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when they scored a textbook goal.[30]

Mohammed Al-Siyabi fired in a pinpoint cross from the right to Al Muqbali, who was unmarked and produced a fine header from close range that easily beat the keeper. Two minutes later, Al Muqbali could have made it 2–0 when he was found in the middle of the box again, but he shot well wide. Oman maintained the pressure and Qasim Said could have added another when he was found in space shortly after on the left but he blasted his shot straight at the keeper. At the other end Kuwait quickly retaliated and had two fine opportunities to draw level. In the 79th minute Al Buraiki had a clear header but failed to find the target and then one minute later from a similar position Yousef Nasser also glanced the ball wide as Kuwait finished bottom of Group A.[31]

Oman  1–0  Kuwait
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kuwait
GK 1 Ali Al-Habsi (c)
RB 15 Ali Salim Al-Nahar
CB 13 Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini   66'
CB 3 Jaber Al-Owaisi
LB 16 Ali Al-Busaidi
CM 12 Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri
CM 8 Eid Al-Farsi
RW 6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh   90+2'
AM 23 Said Al-Ruzaiqi   58'
LW 10 Qasim Said   82'
CF 9 Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali
Substitutions:
FW 7 Mohammed Al-Siyabi   58'
MF 4 Ali Al-Jabri   82'
DF 5 Nasser Al-Shimli   90+2'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen
 
GK 22 Sulaiman Abdulghafour
RB 2 Amer Al Fadhel
CB 5 Fahed Al Hajri
CB 13 Musaed Neda (c)
LB 3 Fahad Awadh
RM 9 Abdullah Al Buraiki
CM 11 Fahad Al Ansari   24'   74'
LM 21 Ali Maqseed
AM 16 Faisal Zaid   68'
AM 10 Abdulaziz Al Masha'an    60'    74'
CF 20 Yousef Nasser
Substitutions:
FW 17 Bader Al-Mutawa   68'
MF 14 Talal Al Amer   74'
FW 15 Faisal Al Enezi   74'
Manager:
  Nabil Maâloul

Man of the Match:
Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali (Oman)[32]

Assistant referees:
Badr Al-Shumrani (Saudi Arabia)
Abdulla Al Shalwai (Saudi Arabia)
Fourth official:
Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
Fifth official:
Azman Ismail (Malaysia)

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