By Staff writer
UAE dramatically beat Uzbekistan, while Bahrain crash out and Oman reach play-offs
The UAE will join some of the world’s top soccer teams at this summer’s Olympic Games in London after the squad qualified yesterday.
The national under-23 team came from behind twice, before scoring the winning goal in a 2-3 victory against Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
Two goals from Al Ahli’s Ahmed Khalil, plus a stoppage-time winner from substitute Haboosh Saleh sealed the dramatic win, which left the Emirati team top of Asia Group B.
Meanwhile, Bahrain - which also harboured hopes of making the Olympics - lost out due to a 2-0 defeat by Japan.
Oman made the Olympics play-offs, which will be held in Vietnam later this month, courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia.
Football is played at the under-23 level in the Olympics, although each side is allowed to pick three senior players.