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In pictures: An Olympic dream for UAE

March 14, 2012

Haboush Saleh celebrates scoring the winning goal against Uzbekistan to complete a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Sammy Dallal / The National
Haboush Saleh celebrates scoring the winning goal against Uzbekistan to complete a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2.  

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UAE's Ali Mabkhout, in red, chases the ball against Uzbekistan's Musaev Fozil. Sammy Dallal / The National
UAE's Ali Mabkhout, in red, chases the ball against Uzbekistan's Musaev Fozil.  

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Ahmed Khalil, left celebrates after scoring his second goal to level the game against Uzbekistan at 2-2 while Omar Abdulrahman looks on. Sammy Dallal / The National
Ahmed Khalil, left celebrates after scoring his second goal to level the game against  Uzbekistan at 2-2 while Omar Abdulrahman looks on.  

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UAE's small, but vocal travelling support roar their Olympic team on. Sammy Dallal / The National
UAE's small, but vocal travelling support roar their Olympic team on.

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UAE fans cheer the Olympic team on to the pitch. Sammy Dallal / The National
UAE fans cheer the Olympic team on to the pitch.

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Haboush Saleh celebrates with the UAE travelling contingent after qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics. Sammy Dallal / The National
Haboush Saleh celebrates with the UAE travelling contingent after qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics.

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UAE players celebrate by hoisting the Olympic team coach, Madi Ali, in the air after battling back to beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in Tashkent to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Sammy Dallal / The National
UAE players celebrate by hoisting the Olympic team coach, Madi Ali, in the air after battling back to beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in Tashkent to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.  

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It will be the UAE's first participation in the Olympic football tournament, and ranks as the biggest achievement by Emirati footballers since they reached the 1990 World Cup. Sammy Dallal / The National
It will be the UAE's first participation in the Olympic football tournament, and ranks as the biggest achievement by Emirati footballers since they reached the 1990 World Cup.

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