Saudi Arabia's Renard can't wait for Qatar semi-final
Doha: Head coach Herve Renard is relishing Saudi Arabia's 2019 Gulf Cup encounter against Qatar on Thursday, describing it as a meeting between "two big teams."
Both sides overcame difficult starts to advance to the semi-finals, with Saudi Arabia suffering a 3-1 defeat to Iraq and Qatar losing 2-1 to Iraq.
Qatar bounced back with wins over Yemen (6-0) and United Arab Emirates (4-2) to as Group A runners-up while Saudi Arabia topped Group B after defeating Bahrain (2-0) and defending champions Oman (3-1).
Group A: Qatar beat UAE to seal semis spot, Iraq finish top
Doha: Akram Afif celebrated being named the 2019 AFC Player of the Year by scoring twice as Qatar defeated United Arab Emirates 4-2 to seal a place in the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup.
Qatar, however, finished second in Group A after Iraq drew 0-0 with Yemen to secure top spot on seven points. Qatar collected six points from their wins over Yemen and UAE, having lost 2-1 to Iraq in their opener.
Qatar will play Group B winners Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals on Thursday while Iraq will face Bahrain.