Qatar beats Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the Gulf Cup

Qatar players carry the Gulf cup trophy after defeating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the final of the 22nd Gulf Cup football match at the King Fahad stadium in Riyadh, on Nov. 26, 2014. (AFP)

Qatar clinched their third Gulf Cup title on Wednesday after coming from behind to beat hosts Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Riyadh.

Saud Kariri opened the scoring for Saudi Arabia, 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.

Qatar, winners in Doha in 1992 and 2004, made a slow start to the tournament, failing to win a match at the group stage, but hit form with a 3-1 win in the semis against Oman before capturing the title.


[With Reuters]

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44