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Sun 11 Jan 2009 08:39 AM

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Iraq crash out of Gulf Cup, UAE eye semi spot

Asian Cup champs knocked out after Kuwait draw, UAE to face Saudi Arabia.

Asian Cup champions Iraq drew 1-1 with Kuwait on Saturday to confirm their shock exit from the eight-nation Gulf Cup where they finished at the bottom of Group A with just a single point.

Iraq had already lost 4-0 to hosts Oman and 3-1 against Bahrain and had no hope of making the semi-finals leaving just pride at stake against the nine-time winners.

Kuwait made it to the semi-finals as runners-up behind Oman who finished the group on top with seven points from three matches. Oman, coached by veteran handler Claude Le Roy, beat Bahrain 2-0.

Badr Al Maymani scored from a 15th-minute free-kick with Fawzi Basheer adding the second after the interval.

Defending champions United Arab Emirates will look to secure their semi-final place on Sunday when they tackle Saudi Arabia. Both sides have four points and sit at the top of Group B.

In the other game, Qatar meet Yemen, who are already eliminated.

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