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Group C 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 11 January, the second round on 15 January, and the final round on 19 January. All six group matches were played at venues in Australia. The group consisted of Iran, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.[1] Iran and United Arab Emirates advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Bahrain and Qatar 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
C1   Iran Group B winners 19 November 2013 13th 2011 Winners (1968, 1972, 1976) 42 51
C2   United Arab Emirates Group E winners 15 November 2013 9th 2011 Runners-up (1996) 61 80
C3   Qatar Group D runners-up 19 November 2013 9th 2011 Quarter-finals (2000, 2011) 101 92
C4   Bahrain Group D winners 15 November 2013 5th 2011 Fourth place (2004) 106 110
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   Iran 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   United Arab Emirates 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4   Qatar 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals:

  • Iran advanced to play Iraq (runner-up of Group D).
  • United Arab Emirates advanced to play Japan (winner of Group D).

MatchesEdit

United Arab Emirates vs QatarEdit

A brace each from forwards Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout gave the United Arab Emirates a comprehensive 4–1 win over Arabian Gulf Cup champions Qatar in their opener at Canberra Stadium. Two-time quarter-finalists and Qatar took the lead courtesy of Khalfan Ibrahim's 22nd minute chipped effort, but the scores were leveled at 36 minutes by former Asian Young Footballer of the Year Khalil from close range.[2]

Set-pieces in the second half were to prove Qatar's undoing as first Khalil at 51 minutes and then Mabkhout at 56 minutes profited from dead-ball situations, before Mabkhout got his second in the dying minutes of the game to help the UAE into the all-important knockout stage qualification spots in the opening round of Group C games. An even opening spell in Australia's capital saw two teams intent on attack, and inside the first 10 minutes there was goalmouth action at either end of the field as Khalil and Mabkhout both saw efforts ruffle the side-netting, while Qatari defender Abdulaziz Hatem had a dangerous cross turned away at the back post by Mohamed Abdulrahman.[3]

With such an open game in the making, it was no surprise that the first goal came not long after as Majed Naser could only push out Mohammed Muntari’s close range effort as far as Ibrahim who controlled the ball on his chest before delicately sending a flying volley over the stranded goalkeeper on the line. Khalil came close to drawing the UAE back within three minutes, though, as his downward header demanded a sprawling save from Qasem Burhan in the Qatar goal, flicking the ball around his own post. At the other end, Abdelkarim Hassan almost extended the lead with a driving shot from distance into the side-netting, but with nine minutes of the half remaining the Emirates had drawn level. Burhan came and failed to collect, and Abdelaziz Sanqour whipped the ball across goal where Khalil’s header was blocked back to him by Ibrahim Majed on the line and rebounded in off the Emirati forward's chest. Qatar coach Djamel Belmadi brought on 2014 WAFF Championship top scorer Boualem Khoukhi after the break to add some cutting edge to his attack, but just six minutes after the restart it was the UAE who went ahead for the first time in the match. The goal came from the boot of Khalil, who had threatened for much of the first period, taking full advantage from a dangerous set-piece on the corner of the penalty area to loop his free kick into the far corner of the goal. And just five minutes later the UAE profited again from a dead-ball situation. This time Khamis Esmaeel’s on-target free kick was fumbled by Burhan and Mabkhout was first on the scene to follow up and drill the ball home.

Forwards Ismail Mohamad and Meshal Adulla entered the fray after the hour mark to try and reduce the deficit for Qatar, and the former went closest, forcing Naser into a flying block at his near post. The Emirati custodian almost inadvertently gave Qatar a way back in with five minutes remaining as he turned Hassan’s near post shot onto his own upright but Mabkhout then put the game beyond doubt at the 90th minute as he combined with Omar Abdulrahman to rifle home from six yards.[4]

United Arab Emirates  4–1  Qatar
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United Arab Emirates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
GK 1 Majed Naser (c)
RB 14 Abdelaziz Sanqour
CB 8 Hamdan Al-Kamali   62'
CB 6 Mohanad Salem
LB 3 Walid Abbas   35'
DM 13 Khamis Esmaeel
DM 5 Amer Abdulrahman   68'
RW 10 Omar Abdulrahman
AM 7 Ali Mabkhout
LW 16 Mohamed Abdulrahman   68'
CF 11 Ahmed Khalil   85'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Ismail Al Hammadi   68'
MF 17 Majed Hassan   68'
MF 4 Habib Fardan   85'
Other disciplinary actions:
DF 19 Mohamed Ahmed   59'
Manager:
Mahdi Ali
 
GK 1 Qasem Burhan
RB 18 Mohammed Tresor Abdullah
CB 4 Almahdi Ali Mukhtar
CB 13 Ibrahim Majid (c)
LB 3 Abdelkarim Hassan
DM 23 Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud   44'
RM 11 Hassan Al-Haydos
CM 20 Karim Boudiaf   46'
CM 5 Abdulaziz Hatem
LM 10 Khalfan Ibrahim   63'
CF 19 Mohammed Muntari   69'
Substitutions:
FW 16 Boualem Khoukhi   46'
FW 17 Ismaeel Mohammad   63'
FW 9 Meshal Abdullah   69'
Manager:
  Djamel Belmadi

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

  • Najah Raham Rashid (Iraq)

Iran vs BahrainEdit

 
Iran v Bahrain during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored either side of half-time for Iran, who were roared on by the vast majority of the 17,712 strong crowd in Melbourne.[6] Hajsafi opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time when his volley looped under the bar after Bahrain had partially cleared a corner, while Shojaei doubled Iran's lead in the 71st minute from another set piece. Iran showed plenty of power down the flanks, guile in midfield and defensive solidity and, barring a number of dubious offside calls, could have won by more than two goals. Iran supporters had been raucously cheering their team for at least half an hour before the game began but it was Bahrain who made the brighter start.[7][8]

Jaycee John Okwunwanne struck an audacious volley just wide, while Sayed Saeed should have done better with his free header in the 16th minute, following Sami Al-Husaini's clever chip over Iran's defence. But, after Bahrain's early flurry, Iran began to create some opportunities of their own, with Ashkan Dejagah failing to convert a one-on-one chance in the 20th minute. Two minutes later Reza Ghoochannejhad dinked the ball to a marginally offside Hajsafi, who picked out the top corner and was consequently booked, while Morteza Pouraliganji volleyed over the bar from a free-kick. Iran also had the ball in the net at the half-hour mark but were again denied by the offside flag and, after dominating the rest of the first period, Carlos Queiroz's side deservedly hit the front just before the break when Hajsafi volleyed home.[9] The Persians could have doubled their lead immediately after the restart with Reza Ghoochannejhad bursting onto Hajsafi's pass before firing wide. The miss was moot, however, as the Charlton Athletic striker would have been denied a goal due to an incorrectly raised offside flag. But apart from Ghoochannejhad's chance, the opening 15 minutes of the second half were rather tame, before John did well to bring down a long ball and then cracked a shot on target that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi could only parry. Another poor offside call thwarted Iran in the 63rd minute as Ghoochannejhad tapped in from Shojaei's cut-back. But, there was no problem eight minutes later when Shojaei volleyed Andranik Teymourian's corner inside the far post to cap off a fine performance by Iran.[10]

Iran  2–0  Bahrain
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Iran
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
GK 1 Alireza Haghighi
RB 11 Vouria Ghafouri
CB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi
CM 14 Andranik Teymourian
CM 6 Javad Nekounam (c)
AM 7 Masoud Shojaei   80'
RW 21 Ashkan Dejagah   89'
LW 3 Ehsan Hajsafi   23'
CF 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad   75'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sardar Azmoun   75'
FW 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh   80'
FW 17 Soroush Rafiei   89'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz
 
GK 1 Sayed Jaffer
RB 15 Abdullah Omar   44'
CB 17 Hussain Ali Baba
CB 2 Mohamed Husain (c)
LB 3 Waleed Al-Hayam   65'
RM 20 Sami Al-Husaini   80'
CM 12 Faouzi Aaish
CM 7 Abdulwahab Al-Safi
LM 4 Sayed Saeed
CF 14 Jaycee John Okwunwanne
CF 11 Ismail Abdul-Latif   66'
Substitutions:
DF 23 Rashed Al-Hooti   65'
MF 9 Abdulwahab Al-Malood   66'
MF 8 Sayed Ahmed   80'
Manager:
Marjan Eid

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

Bahrain vs United Arab EmiratesEdit

The fastest goal ever scored in AFC Asian Cup history from the boot of Ali Mabkhout and a second-half own goal by Mohamed Husain were enough to give the United Arab Emirates a 2–1 victory over Bahrain. Striker Mabkhout's historic opener came within just 14 seconds of kick-off in the Group C match played at a sun-drenched Canberra Stadium. However, Nigeria-born striker Jaycee John Okwunwanne brought Bahrain back into a tie with a header before the half hour mark.[12]

The match continued in end-to-end fashion and it took an unfortunate own goal from Bahrain captain Hussain at the 74th minute to separate the sides as the island nation were eliminated from the tournament, following their defeat on Sunday to Iran. After a convincing 4–1 victory over Arabian Gulf Cup champions Qatar at Canberra Stadium on 11 January, UAE coach Mahdi Ali made just one change to his starting 11 with Mohamed Ahmad replacing Mohanad Salem in defense. Bahrain coach Marjan Eid, meanwhile, brought in four new faces as he looked for a positive result to ensure his side's tournament would continue to the final group game. But Eid could have hardly prepared for what happened in the opening seconds of the game. Shortly after the kickoff, Bahrain defender Abdullah Omar lost the ball to Omar Abdulrahman in the right-back position and the playmaker's immediate lofted pass found Mabkhout running through on goal to slip the ball under goalkeeper Sayyid Muhammad Ja'far for an extraordinary start to the contest. Despite the stunning setback, Bahrain looked to respond and Abdulwahab Al Malood and Jaycee John both had volleyed efforts at Majed Naser's goal that flew wide. Mohamed Abdulrahman could have then helped the UAE go two goals to the good after he did well to retain possession inside the penalty area and play in Ahmed Khalil, but the striker could only fire his shot onto the foot of Jaffer's near post.[13]

UAE's failure to convert was punished at 25 minutes as Jaycee John rose highest at the backpost to power home Faouzi Aaish's inswinging corner with a thumping header. Three minutes later the powerful forward almost replicated his efforts and he headed a left-wing cross from Rashed Al Hooti that Naser did well to save. As the first period continued in frenetic fashion, Omar Abdulrahman then danced past two defenders before playing in Mabkhout who tricked his way past Jaffer only to see the ball cleared off the line. The second period didn't begin as dramatically as the first, but Al Malood did have a chance on goal 10 minutes after the interval as Jaycee John's header back to him found him with space for a shot inside the penalty area, but the forward could only steer his shot narrowly wide. A Bahraini backpass before the hour mark was punished with a free kick a yard inside the penalty area, and from the dead-ball Omar Abdulrahman clipped the top of the crossbar with a sweetly struck shot. But at 73 minutes, again from a set piece, the UAE took the lead. An inswinging free kick from the left side by Amer Abdulrahman curled dangerously into the penalty area and was met by the head of Bahrain skipper Hussain and inadvertently flew into his own net. Bahrain almost restored parity through a free kick of their own through Aaish, but Naser was able to tip over the inswinging free kick from the right as Bahrain cranked up the pressure with forwards Abdulatif and Sami Al-Husaini entering the fray. But, the UAE were able to contain the Bahraini onslaught and saw out the tie and take all three points to win their second consecutive game at the continental championship.[14][15]

Bahrain  1–2  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 7,925
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Arab Emirates
GK 1 Sayed Jaffer
RB 15 Abdullah Omar
CB 18 Mohamed Duaij Mahorfi   66'
CB 2 Mohamed Husain (c)   12'
LB 23 Rashed Al Hooti   89'
RM 4 Sayed Saeed   78'
CM 8 Sayed Ahmed
CM 7 Abdulwahab Al Safi   50'
LM 12 Faouzi Aaish   90+4'
CF 14 Jaycee John Okwunwanne
CF 9 Abdulwahab Al Malood   78'
Substitutions:
DF 17 Hussain Ali Baba   66'
FW 11 Ismail Abdul-Latif   78'
FW 20 Sami Al-Husaini   78'
Manager:
Marjan Eid
 
GK 1 Majed Naser (c)
RB 14 Abdelaziz Sanqour
CB 8 Hamdan Al-Kamali   80'
CB 23 Mohamed Ahmed
LB 3 Walid Abbas
CM 13 Khamis Esmaeel
CM 5 Amer Abdulrahman
RW 16 Mohamed Abdulrahman    62'
AM 10 Omar Abdulrahman
LW 7 Ali Mabkhout
CF 11 Ahmed Khalil   87'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Ismail Al Hammadi   62'
DF 19 Ismail Ahmed   80'
MF 4 Habib Fardan   87'
Manager:
Mahdi Ali

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

  • Najah Raham Alhamaidah (Iraq)

Qatar vs IranEdit

Sardar Azmoun's individual brilliance ensured Iran and the United Arab Emirates would meet in Brisbane on 19 January to determine who would claim top spot in Group C after Carlos Queiroz's side defeated Qatar 1–0 at Stadium Australia.[17][18] The 20-year-old Rubin Kazan striker further enhanced his already strong reputation with a turn that bamboozled the Qatar defense before slotting the ball past Qasem Burhan to score one of the goals of the tournament so far. The 52nd minute effort was greeted with raucous relief by the thousands of Iranian fans in the Sydney suburbs, who had created a carnival atmosphere at Stadium Australia from the moment the teams entered the field. The result means that Qatar are out of the tournament having previously lost their opening game 4–1 against the United Arab Emirates.[19]

A crowd of 22,672 traveled out to Stadium Australia, with the vast majority backing Iran and turning the iconic venue into a mini Azadi Stadium and, for the opening quarter of the game, the atmosphere was more noteworthy than the play on display as both sides battled for supremacy in midfield. It was the Iranians who steadily took control and by the end of the half Queiroz's team would have been disappointed not to have been in front. Ashkan Dejagah stumbled his way past Abdelkarim Hassan before pulling the ball back for Masoud Shojaei, but the ball was cleared before the former Osasuna striker could pull the trigger. Shojaei was involved again five minutes from the break as Iran continued to press, only this time his effort was deflected wide for a corner that Andranik Teymourian swung towards the penalty spot before Morteza Pouraliganji's header was cleared off the line by Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud. Minutes later, Dejagah's low shot-cum-cross flew across the face of goal with Ehsan Hajsafi just too slow to poke the ball across the line. Seven minutes after the restart, though, Iran finally took the lead they deserved, with Azmoun's moment of brilliance capping a fine move that featured tenacity and quality in equal measure.[20]

Teymourian won the ball deep in the Qatari half before laying off to Dejagah, and Azmoun spun around the Al Arabi striker's ball into the centre before slipping the ball past Burhan to send the Iranian team into a bench-clearing celebration. Azmoun, however, was not to finish the game, going off injured 10 minutes after his goal, and his replacement, Reza Ghoochannejhad had ample opportunity to finish off the game.

On five occasions in the final quarter of the game the man from Charlton Athletic tried his luck, but each time he was unable to find a way past Burhan, but it mattered little as referee Ravshan Irmatov blew the whistle to send Iran into the quarter-finals for a sixth straight AFC Asian Cup.[21][22]

Qatar  0–1  Iran
Report
Attendance: 22,672
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iran
GK 1 Qasem Burhan
RB 18 Mohammed Tresor Abdullah
CB 4 Almahdi Ali Mukhtar   49'
CB 13 Ibrahim Majid (c)
LB 3 Abdelkarim Hassan
CM 20 Karim Boudiaf
CM 23 Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud   73'
RW 17 Ismaeel Mohammad   59'
AM 16 Boualem Khoukhi
LW 11 Hassan Al-Haydos
CF 19 Mohammed Muntari
Substitutions:
MF 10 Khalfan Ibrahim   59'
FW 9 Meshal Abdullah   73'
Manager:
  Djamel Belmadi
 
GK 1 Alireza Haghighi
RB 11 Vouria Ghafouri
CB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi
CM 14 Andranik Teymourian   87'
CM 6 Javad Nekounam (c)
RW 21 Ashkan Dejagah
AM 7 Masoud Shojaei   57'    72'
LW 3 Ehsan Hajsafi
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun   62'
Substitutions:
FW 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad   62'
DF 2 Khosro Heydari   72'
DF 5 Amir Hossein Sadeghi   87'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

Iran vs United Arab EmiratesEdit

Reza Ghoochannejhad's last-gasp header gave Iran a 1–0 victory over the United Arab Emirates as Carlos Queiroz's men won Group C of the AFC Asian Cup. Samsung Player of the Match Ghoochannejhad's 91st-minute strike, his first goal of the tournament dealt UAE their first defeat of the tournament and allowed Iran to finish the group phase with the maximum nine points, three points ahead of Mahdi Ali's side.[24]

Iran would face the runners-up of Group D in the quarter-finals on 23 January in Canberra while UAE would play the Group D winners in Sydney, widely expected to be defending champions Japan. Queiroz had predicted a day earlier that neither team would be content with a draw, and the Persian Gulf rivals proved the Portuguese tactician right by staging a cagey match at Brisbane Stadium. The game was marked by Iran's defensive resolve that almost produced a clean-sheet against Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and suffocated UAE for the most part. UAE did not have a single shot on target for the whole game.[25]

Alireza Jahanbakhsh should have done better with a free header from the centre of the penalty area in the 18th minute but the Dutch-based striker fired over the crossbar towards the stands. The Iranians went close again in the final minute of the half, yet Sardar Azmoun's header at the right-hand post was cleared wide in the nick of time by Mohanad Salem as the two teams headed into the intermission on equal terms. The second half was more of the same, with UAE playmaker Omar Abdulrahman unable to find the touches to get his team going. Despite the pressure from Iran, Abdulrahman set up Abdelaziz Sanqour for an angular shot from the right, but the Al Ahli man failed to keep his effort on goal.[26]

Queiroz tried to inject some steam into the Iranian attack by bringing Ghoochannejhad and Ashkan Dejagah off the bench, but UAE also held firm at the back to frustrate their opponents. But Iran would have the last laugh as midfielder Andranik Teymourian unintentionally hit a half-clearance back into the box for Ghoochannejhad, who nodded in from close range as the predominantly Iranian crowd went wild.[27][28] Mahdi Ali claimed after the match that Nekounam had been in offside position involving the ball when Ghoochannejhad had scored and questioned about the referee assignment.[29]

Iran  1–0  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 11,394
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iran
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Arab Emirates
GK 1 Alireza Haghighi
RB 2 Khosro Heydari   66'
CB 4 Jalal Hosseini
CB 8 Morteza Pouraliganji
LB 23 Mehrdad Pooladi   63'
CM 14 Andranik Teymourian
CM 6 Javad Nekounam (c)   36'
RW 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh   58'
AM 17 Soroush Rafiei
LW 13 Vahid Amiri
CF 20 Sardar Azmoun   45+2'    72'
Substitutions:
DF 11 Vouria Ghafouri   58'
FW 21 Ashkan Dejagah   66'
FW 16 Reza Ghoochannejhad   72'
Manager:
  Carlos Queiroz
 
GK 1 Majed Naser (c)
RB 14 Abdelaziz Sanqour
CB 23 Mohamed Ahmed
CB 6 Mohanad Salem
LB 3 Walid Abbas   26'
CM 13 Khamis Esmaeel
CM 5 Amer Abdulrahman
RW 7 Ali Mabkhout
AM 10 Omar Abdulrahman
LW 4 Habib Fardan
CF 11 Ahmed Khalil
Manager:
Mahdi Ali

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

Qatar vs BahrainEdit

Bahrain ended their campaign with a 2–1 win over Qatar at Stadium Australia when a long-range strike from Sayed Jaafar Ahmed eight minutes from time gave Marjan Eid's side their first points of the tournament. Neither team had any chance of advancing to the knockout rounds after losing their opening matches against Iran and the United Arab Emirates, but Bahrain reclaimed some pride when Jaafar struck to secure the win after Sayed Saeed had put the Bahrainis in front before Hassan Al-Haydos equalised with a second half free kick.[31]

The win ensures Bahrain would finish third in Group, but Eid's team were comprehensively outplayed by the Qataris for large periods of the game and the 2011 tournament hosts would have gone into the halftime break wondering how they had not found the back of the net. Misfortune cost the Arabian Gulf Cup champions on more than one occasion, with Mohammed Muntari twice going close, the first when he steered the ball just wide of Hamed Al-Doseri's goal in the 20th minute and the second, four minutes later, when his header from Al-Haydos' free kick came back off the post.

Bahrain, though, always carried a threat in an open and entertaining game. Shubbar's sixth-minute header was straight at Qasem Burhan, while the 22-year-old had another headed effort in the 29th minute that came back off the base of the post. With 11 minutes remaining in the half, however, the Al Riffa striker put his side in the lead when Faouzi Aaish slalomed past two Qatari defenders before cutting the ball back to Shubbar, who steadied himself before sliding a left foot shot over the line. Qatar continued to pick holes in the Bahrain backline into the second half, with Ali Assadalla evading the defence thanks to a one-two with Muntari, only to hit goalkeeper Al-Doseri with his shot.[32]

Midway through the half, though, the Qataris finally claimed the goal their possession play deserved when Al Haydos, their star performer on the evening struck a low free kick that went under the Bahraini wall as it jumped before beating the keeper to his right. Another pair of missed opportunities from Muntari continued to frustrate the Qataris and, as the young striker grew increasingly despondent, he and his teammates were punished in the harshest manner possible when Jaafar scored the winner with just eight minutes remaining. Picking the ball up on the corner of the penalty area, the Al Riffa midfielder clipped his shot over the head of Burhan, who had taken a step off his line and the ball sailed into the back of the net.[33]

Qatar  1–2  Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 4,841
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Qatar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
GK 1 Qasem Burhan
RB 18 Mohammed Tresor Abdullah
CB 4 Almahdi Ali Mukhtar
CB 13 Ibrahim Majid (c)
LB 7 Khalid Muftah
CM 20 Karim Boudiaf
CM 5 Abdulaziz Hatem   34'    46'
RW 11 Hassan Al-Haydos
AM 8 Ali Assadalla   65'
LW 16 Boualem Khoukhi   85'
CF 19 Mohammed Muntari
Substitutions:
FW 23 Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud   46'
FW 12 Magid Mohamed   65'
FW 9 Meshal Abdullah   85'
Manager:
  Djamel Belmadi
 
GK 21 Hamed Al-Doseri
RB 15 Abdullah Omar   46'
CB 13 Abdulla Al-Haza'a
CB 17 Hussain Ali Baba (c)   53'
LB 23 Rashed Al Hooti
RM 4 Sayed Saeed
CM 8 Sayed Ahmed
CM 7 Abdulwahab Al-Safi
LM 9 Abdulwahab Al Malood   75'
CF 12 Faouzi Aaish
CF 14 Jaycee John Okwunwanne   85'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sami Al-Husaini   46'
MF 6 Abdulla Yaser   90+3'    75'
FW 16 Abdulla Yusuf Helal   85'
Manager:
Marjan Eid

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:

  • Hamad Al-Mayahi (Oman)
  • Abu Bakar Al Amri (Oman)

Fourth official:

Fifth official:

  • Najah Raham Rashid (Iraq)

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