For the first time in their short history, Qatar will advance to the finals of a hockey tournament thanks to a 5-3 victory over Kuwait.
Kuwait came into the tournament as the second top team behind the United Arab Emirates, who won their semi-final game 5-0 against Oman. After defeating Qatar 7-4, earlier in the tournament, it looked like the team would easily take the victory in the semi-finals on Monday. That wasn’t the case, however, as a surprising 5-3 victory was all it took to secure their first ever appearance in a tournament final.
With a 10-0 loss to UAE late last week, it’s very unlikely that the hosts from Qatar will be able to take the gold tomorrow afternoon. What is certain, however, is that they will be able to take their second ever medal at an international event, having beaten Oman in the bronze medal game a year ago to take the third place title.
Qatar became an official member of the IIHF back in 2012, joining Jamaica at the time as the newest participants. Qatar will play in the Challenge Cup of Asia for the first time in Division I, the second group for the developmental tournament. UAE will play in the top division of the tournament, but the Division III World Championship squad will look to take their fourth straight title at the Gulf Cup with a victory on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Oman and Kuwait will play in the bronze medal game, a rematch of Kuwait’s 17-1 victory to begin the tournament.
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