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Iraq edge Oman in thriller to win Gulf Cup

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BASRA, Jan 19: Iraq won their first Gulf Cup in 35 years after holding off Oman 3-2 in thrilling final on Thursday in Basra. The Basra International Stadium witnessed dramatic events in the presence of a large crowd, as Iraq took the lead in the 24th minute through its player Ibrahim Baish. In the extra time in the 100th minute Oman scored an equalizer which led to extra time.

Iraq scored the second goal in the 116th minute through a penalty kick,  Oman came back again and scored the equalizing goal in the 119th minute through its player Al-Mundhir Al-Alawi.

In the last moments of the 122nd minute the Iraqi player snatched the winning goal via a header in stoppage time in the second extra half. Iraq won the fourth title in its history in the tournament after an absence of 35 years. Previously in the years 1979, 1984 and 1988 Iraq had won the title, while Oman has won twice in the years 2009 and 2017.

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