Iraq to face UAE in Gulf Cup final

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RIFA, Bahrain (AP) -- Iraq beat Bahrain 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to line up a Gulf Cup final against the United Arab Emirates.

Iraq, gunning for its fourth Gulf title, took the lead in the 18th minute courtesy of its top striker Younis Mahmood, only for Bahrain to equalize on the hour mark through Hussain Baba.

In the shootout, Mahmoud made it 3-2, before Bahrain's Abdulwahab al-Malood missed. It was left to Iraq's Noor Sabri to seal the victory and a place in Friday's final.

The UAE edged Kuwait 1-0 with a late winner in the early match.

Ahmed Khalil scored his third goal of the tournament in the 89th minute, giving the UAE a chance to win its second title and first since 2007.