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Bahrain steps up ahead of Gulf Cup semi-final against Oman

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Bahrain has stepped up their preparation ahead of the semi-final clash in the 23rd Gulf Cup with Oman on Tuesday at the Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City.

The other semi-final will be between Iraq and the UAE.

Oman qualified for the semi-finals after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0, following a 1-0 defeat in their opening game against the United Arab Emirates, and won Group A in the process.

Bahrain are looking to rewrite history as they are aiming to secure not only their first-ever appearance in the final since the competition moved to its new format in 2004, but also their maiden Gulf Cup title.

Bahrain finished second in Group B, following a 1-0 win over Yemen, as Iraq topped the group with a 2-1 win over Qatar.

Bahrain’s best finish in the Gulf Club has been as runners-up four times in the past, including in the inaugural year of the competition in 1970, then in 1982, 1992 and last time in 2003 when the tournament was played in a single round-robin format.

Oman are aiming for a second Gulf Cup title. Their first was in 2009.

Bahrain national team head coach Miroslav Soukup in the pre-match press conference asked for the supporters’ help.

Oman head coach Pim Verbeek stated, “We will take one game at a time and, as of now, the focus is to get past Bahrain.”