RIYADH: Champions United Arab Emirates were held goalless by Oman in the Gulf Cup Group B match at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium here last night. In a late match on Thursday night, Yemen, the only side not qualified for the Jan. 9-31 Asian Cup in Australia, received massive support from their fans at the ground to secure a 0-0 draw with Bahrain and give coach Miroslav Soukup a welcome 49th birthday present.
It was the Yemenis first point in the competition since 2007, having lost their last 11 games in the tournament. They have not won a game in their six previous appearances. “The fans were fantastic, the player put in 100 percent (effort) from the first minute,” the Czech coach said. “Before the game I asked them for the three points as my birthday present, but I am also happy with one.”