Gulf Cup 25: Iraq in a theoretically easy confrontation with Yemen and Saudi Arabia clashes with Oman
The matches of the third and last round of the first round of the Golf Cup start today.
Iraq will host their Yemeni counterparts at Basra International Stadium in Group A competitions.
Iraq tops the group with four points accumulated from a draw against Oman and a win over Saudi Arabia, while Yemen finishes the group with no points after losing to Oman and Saudi Arabia.
This is the No. 20 meeting between the teams of Iraq and Yemen, and the previous clashes showed overwhelming superiority of the Iraqi team, which won 16 games against two draws and one loss. The Lions of Mesopotamia scored 49 goals while the Yemen national team scored 10 goals.
In the games of the same group and at the same time, Oman, who are second on four points and behind leaders Iraq on goal difference, will play against the Saudi national team, who are third on three points.
And Saudi Arabia must win to qualify and it is possible to qualify if there is a draw provided Iraq loses to Yemen by more than two goals.
A draw is enough for the Omani national team to qualify for the semi-finals.
The Saudi national team is superior to its Oman counterpart in the history of head-to-head confrontations between the two countries as Saudi Arabia won 15 games compared to four wins for Oman while four games ended in a draw.
The teams participating in the tournament are divided into two groups, the first includes Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman, while the second includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the Emirates.
Two teams from each group qualify for the semi-finals, which are played in a knockout format.
This is the second time Iraq has hosted this tournament, following the 1979 edition, which was held in the capital Baghdad.
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