18th Arabian Gulf Cup
|كأس الخليج العربي, او خليجي 18 |
Kass Al-Khaleej Al-Arabi, or Khaleeji 18
18th Arabian Gulf Cup official logo
|Host country||United Arab Emirates|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||United Arab Emirates|
|Goals scored||31 (2.07 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Ismail Matar (5 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Ismail Matar|
The tournament was won by hosts UAE, who beat neighbors Oman 1–0 in the final, courtesy of a goal by Ismail Matar who finished the tournament as top scorer with five goals in all. The UAE became the fifth country to lift the title after Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In the competition there was also some very serious disciplinary problems with a total of 38 yellow cards and 7 red cards awarded in only 12 matches. As in previous Gulf Cups there have also been bad refereeing calls.
|United Arab Emirates||6||3||2||0||1||6||5||+1|
|United Arab Emirates||1–2||Oman|
|Matar 65'||Bashir 36'
|United Arab Emirates||2–1||Yemen|
|Omar 2' (pen.)
|United Arab Emirates||3–2||Kuwait|
|Matar 1' 90+1'
- In the beginning 15 minutes of the Oman-Yemen game, the cameras were malfunctioning, resulting in the side cameras being the only coverage of that part of the match.
|18th Arabian Gulf Cup Winners|
United Arab Emirates
|Top Goalscorers||Most Valuable Player||Best Goalkeeper||Fair Play Award|
|Ismail Matar||Ismail Matar||Ali Al Habsi||Yemen|
- Fahd Al-Fahd
- Fahad Al-Rashidi
- Sultan Al-Touqi
- Fawzi Bashir
- Badar Al-Maimani
- Hashim Saleh
- Khalfan Ibrahim
- Ali Hussein
- Malek Mouath
- Faisal Khalil