Ahmed Khalil, the hero of UAE’s win over Oman in the last group game, took the Whites into the final of the Gulf Cup with a last gasp winner against Kuwait tonight.
After a barren first-half, when the UAE created many chances and Khalil was denied once by the post, the Al Ahli striker connected perfectly with his club teammate Abdulaziz Haikal’s cross in the 89th minute to send the UAE fans into a frenzy.
This will be the UAE’s fifth appearance in the final of the Gulf Cup and the first since they won the trophy at home in 2007. They await the winner of the second semi-final between hosts Bahrain and Iraq.
The final is to be played on Friday.