The Bahraini national football team crowned its first Gulf title, after defeating its Saudi counterpart 1 - zero, yesterday, in the final match of the Gulf Cup "Khaleeji 24", which concluded its activities in Qatar.
The first half of the match ended in a negative tie, after Salman Al-Faraj wasted a penalty kick for the Saudi team in the 12th minute.
Mohammed Saad Al-Rumaihi scored the only goal of the match, in the 69th minute, to give his team the precious title.
Attempts by the Saudi national team (Al-Akhdar) to win its fourth title were unsuccessful, knowing that it was crowned with the last of its three titles in "Khaleeji 16" in Kuwait at the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004, while the Bahraini team (Al-Ahmar) achieved its dream of winning its first title in the history of the tournament, knowing that Bahrain was One of the founders of the Gulf Cup.
The Saudi team played the final match for the fifth time in its history, the fourth in the last six copies of the tournament, knowing that it did not win the title in any of the five times that it played the final match of the tournament.
Yesterday, the Bahraini team played the final match for the first time in the history of its participation in the tournament, as the team won second place in these previous four times, when the tournament was also held in a league system of one role.
The first real opportunity in the match was from a quick attack by the Saudi national team, which was ended by Salem Al-Dosari with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, but the ball bounced off the crossbar in the fourth minute.
The Bahraini team tried to intensify its offensive attempts after this opportunity, and the Saudi players showed their character on the field, by taking the ball and quietly preparing to put pressure on the Bahraini defense.
Salman shot Al-Faraj in the 12th minute, but the ball went in the upper right corner, crashed into the crossroads of the crossbar, and then made its way out of the field.
And some confusion dominated the Saudi players after the missed penalty kick, and the Bahraini team almost took advantage of this confusion to shake the net, but Fawaz Al-Qarni, the green goalkeeper, tackled two consecutive balls, where he picked the first before the Bahraini striker's head, and in the second he blocked a shot fired by Mahdi Al-Humaidan from inside an area The reward.
Al-Akhdar regained his balance and concentration quickly, but he failed to impose his control on the course of the play in light of the enthusiasm of the Bahraini players, which resulted in some roughness at times.
The Bahraini team was distinguished by its speed in performance and the distinguished shift from defense to attack upon possession of the ball.
The Bahraini, Ahmed Nabil, received a warning in the 28th minute for the roughness with Salman Al-Faraj, the captain of the Saudi national team.
Firas Al-Buraikan slowed the shot, after a dangerous organized attack by Al-Akhdar in the 34th minute, to put pressure on the Bahraini defense inside the penalty area and miss the opportunity.
The Bahraini goalkeeper advanced inside his penalty area in the 37th minute, to cut the ball before Abdullah Al-Hamdan following a quick attack by Al-Akhdar.
The Saudi goalkeeper, Fawaz Al-Qarni, starred in the 41st minute, pushing the ball out from under the bar with his fingertips to a corner kick, following a header by Mahdi Al-Humaidan.
With the start of the second half, the coach of the Saudi national team, French Herve Renard, made his first change by landing Talal Al-Absi instead of Mohammed Abdo Khabrani.
The coach of the Bahraini national team, Portuguese Helio de Souza, made his first change in the 63rd minute with the descent of Thiago instead of Ali Jaafar Moden.
The Bahraini team scored the goal in the 69th minute.
The goal came after a quick counterattack and a cross pass by Mahdi Al-Humaidan from the right side, and Mohamed Saad Al-Rumaihi met with a cunning touch, placing the ball in the far corner to the right of the goalkeeper, hitting the ball with the post and guiding inside the goal.