Qatar’s national football team has nailed its third Gulf Cup title, after defeating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Riyadh last night.
According to Reuters:
“Skipper Saud Kariri opened the scoring for the Saudi team, also three-time champions, after 16 minutes at the nearly full King Fahd stadium but Qatar replied with a magnificent header from defender Al Mahdi Ali two minutes later.
Algerian-born Khoukhi Boualem scored the winner for 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in the 58th minute to hand his team their first Gulf title away from home.”
Sports fans in Qatar were out in full force on the Corniche to celebrate the nation’s first Gulf Cup win in 10 years, and well wishes poured in on social media:
— Abdullah N Al Thani (@ANAALThani) November 27, 2014
N if anyone thinks Qatar isn't passionate bout football, get down to the Doha Corniche right now! #CarhornsRevvingenginesFlagsNFirecrackers!
— SportsRevArabia (@SportsRevArabia) November 26, 2014
Congratulations to #Qatar on winning the gulf cup tonight. Great achievement against far bigger countries
— Cameron Mirza (@cmirza1) November 26, 2014
YES!!!! Winners of the Gulf Cup! Qatar win the Gulf Cup for the third time! 1992, 2004 and 2014! 😀#GulfCup22
— Ahmed Hashim (@AhmedH_93) November 26, 2014
Back in Riyadh, the team also gathered to celebrate their victory:
Their next move will be to gear up for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, which takes place in January.
Congrats, Qatar! Thoughts?