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Iraq face Oman within the 2023 Gulf Cup ultimate on Thursday. We break down the soccer historical past between the 2 groups.

Hosts Iraq will face Oman within the ultimate of the eight-nation Arabian Gulf Cup at 7pm (16:00 GMT) on January 19.

The match, which is being held in Basra, is the primary main soccer match to be hosted by Iraq in additional than 40 years.

Each groups stay undefeated on this 12 months’s version, with Iraq beating Qatar 2-1 within the semifinals and Oman edging out Bahrain 1-0 to achieve the ultimate.

Historic document: Iraq vs Oman

Iraq and Oman met on the pitch for the primary time throughout the fourth Arabian Gulf Cup, held in Qatar in 1976. Iraq gained that match 4-0.

All through their 26-match soccer historical past, Iraq has gained 12 matches whereas Oman has gained six. Eight matches resulted in a draw.

The best recorded rating between the 2 groups was throughout the 1979 Gulf Cup, during which hosts Iraq gained 7-0.

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How Iraq and Oman reached the ultimate

Iraq topped their group with seven factors, together with wins over Saudi Arabia (2-0) and Yemen (5-0) and a draw in opposition to Oman (0-0).

Oman additionally beat Saudi Arabia (2-1) and Yemen (3-2) to come back second within the group on aim distinction.

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Arabian Gulf Cup winners

The Arabian Gulf Cup is a biennial soccer competitors run by the Arab Gulf Cup Soccer Federation. Its eight member nations embrace Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

With 10 championship wins, Kuwait has been essentially the most profitable group within the match’s 53-year historical past. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq every have three titles. Oman has two titles.

Present champions Bahrain claimed their first Arab Cup trophy by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in 2019.

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Photos: France charge into final to end Morocco’s World Cup dream | In Pictures News

Al Khor, Qatar – France have put an finish to Morocco’s dream of reaching a World Cup last, with a 2-0 victory that places them on a path in the direction of a doubtlessly epic second straight World Cup victory.

Twenty-three-year-old phenom Kylian Mbappe was pivotal to each of France’s objectives. His deflected effort barely 5 minutes into Wednesday’s match arrange Theo Hernandez, whereas a powerful try within the 79th minute led to Randal Kolo Muani’s simple tap-in to place the tense recreation to mattress.

Morocco, the primary African group to ever play in a World Cup semifinal, was inflicting issues for the reigning world champions all through the encounter at Al Bayt Stadium, as they dominated possession and stored French keeper Hugo Lloris busy.

The Atlas Lions will now face 2018 finalists Croatia within the third-place playoff on Saturday, which can finish their storybook run on the first World Cup to be held within the Center East.

In the meantime, 2018 winners France dream of their very own fairytale ending, hoping to turn into the primary back-to-back winners since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

On Sunday, they may face Argentina at Lusail Stadium, with Mbappe and Argentina legend Lionel Messi set to steer the 2 sides right into a extremely anticipated battle on the pitch.

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‘To complete like this, it’s the perfect’, Lionel Messi instructed a number one Argentinian sports activities information outlet after his group certified for the ultimate.

Lionel Messi has confirmed he’ll play his final World Cup recreation when Argentina tackle both France or Morocco within the remaining in Qatar.

Messi led Argentina to a 3-0 win over Croatia of their semifinal match on Tuesday and he’ll earn his 172nd cap on the weekend when he tries to convey Argentina its first World Cup title since 1986.

“I really feel very pleased, to have the ability to obtain this, to complete my World Cup journey by enjoying my final recreation in a remaining,” Messi instructed Argentinian sports activities outlet Diario Deportivo Ole.

“It’s a few years for the following one and I don’t assume I’ll be capable to do it. And to complete like this, it’s the perfect,” the Argentina captain mentioned.

The 35-year-old is enjoying at his fifth World Cup, surpassing the 4 of former Argentinian stars Diego Maradona and Javier Mascherano.

Together with his fifth objective in Qatar, he additionally surpassed Gabriel Batistuta as the highest Albiceleste scorer at a World Cup, netting 11 occasions.

“It’s all effectively and good (the data), however the necessary factor is to have the ability to obtain the group goal, which is essentially the most lovely factor of all,” Messi added.

“We’re only one step away, after preventing exhausting, and we’re going to present all the things to attempt to make it occur this time.”

France performs Morocco within the different semifinal on Wednesday and the winner of that match will play Argentina on Sunday.