Basra: The 25th Gulf Cup comes full circle as Iraq look to lift their first title since 1988 when they face two-time winners Oman in the final on home soil on Thursday, the same fixture that started the tournament two weeks ago.
The Lions of Mesopotamia reached the final after defeating reigning AFC Asian Cup™ champions Qatar 2-1 in Monday’s semi-final at the Basra International Stadium, venue of the upcoming final. Ibrahim Bayesh’s close-range finish was cancelled out by Amro Sirag’s half-volley before Ayman Hussein bagged his third goal of the tournament to secure Iraq’s place in the final.
In turn, Oman left it late to defeat reigning champions Bahrain 1-0 thanks to a Jameel Al Yahmadi wonder goal. The midfielder pounced on a loose ball to strike from 25 yards out into the top corner, sending Branko Ivankovic’s men into their second final in six years.
Jeonju: Two-time AFC Champions League™ winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have announced the departure of Kim Bo-kyung and Modou Barrow ahead of the start of the new K1 League season.
Kim, who represented Korea Republic at international level on 38 occasions, was a member of the Jeonbuk squad that won the second of the club’s two continental titles in 2016 during the first of his two spells with the set-up.
San Francisco: Thailand women's national team forward Miranda Nild has announced her retirement from professional football.
The 25-year-old – also known as a Suchawadee Nildhamrong – called time on her career having played 20 international matches for the Thailand national team as well as club football in America and Europe.
Europe Wrap: Kerr strikes late; Kubo stars for Sociedad
Kuala Lumpur: Sam Kerr scored an 89th-minute equaliser to help Chelsea rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday as the Blues remain three points clear of the Gunners at the top of the Women’s Super League in England.
Takefusa Kubo was on the scoresheet as Real Sociedad defeated city rivals Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Spain to move within three points of second-placed Real Madrid, while his Japanese teammate Daizen Maeda netted as Celtic beat Kilmarnock 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals.
Elsewhere, Kim Min-jae was part of the Napoli side that posted a stunning 5-1 win over Juventus to move nine points clear at the top of Serie A, while Mehdi Taremi scored in a win for Porto in Portugal.
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