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Qatar, the surprising leaders of the Gulf Cup, today face Oman in a crucial match with only victory on the minds of both Frenchman Pierre Luchanter and Omani Rasheed Jabir to continue the good run their teams have started earlier in the tournament.

Luchanter, who have said many times that he has come to prepare a team for the future, led Qatar correctly to beat Bahrain and the UAE, scoring three goals and conceding none to collect six points being the only team in the tournament with a clean net and a perfect winning record.

The team defend solidly and depend upon fast counter-attacks that were successful in breaking the defences of both Bahrain and the UAE. A mixture of young and experienced players have blended into a formidable team which overcoming has become a challenge to all participants.

Mohammed Salim Al Enazy spearheads the attack of Qatar and in addition to his scoring outstanding abilities, Al Enazy has proved himself as a playmaker creating chances for his colleagues. Adil Jaddoua or Yasir Nazmi might be the other striker to face Oman's defence.

Rasheed, meanwhile, has led Oman successfully against Kuwait to beat the defending champions 3-1 for the first time ever and become over night the centre of admiration of the whole tournament.

The team played an organised attacking match and forced their dominance over mighty Kuwait. Their forward striker Hani Al Dhabit, the world's top scorer in 2001 according to Fifa, scored a hat-trick to lead the tournament top scorers.

Oman have enthusiastic talented young players like Nasir Zayed, the right wing back, Taghi Mubarak and Fawzi Basheer who can open in roads in any defence and are capable of scoring and creating goals.

Both coaches are not expected to make changes in the line ups that played their last matches against the UAE and Kuwait taking into consideration that in football you don't change a winning team, unless forced.

The two teams have never ended any of their past 12 matches in the tournament in a tie. Qatar won 10 times and scored 31 goals while Oman won two times, one of them in the last tournament in Bahrain in 1998, and scored 10 goals.
 

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wow Qater is the surprice of this tournement, and thinking that the shoort handed Palestinian team almost beats them in Qatar :D :D :D :D :) :)
 

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we were AWEFUL!

what a game!!!

Qatar really deserved to win this match.. and it is clear now that the title is now a two-horse rase only: Qatar and Saudi Arabia

back to the match.. omani players entered it while seemingly still full-minded by the historical victory against kuwait!!
the start of the match was very good actually, and Hani scored from a deserved penalty kick...

after that, it was a disaster!!!! :( :confused:

despite of some chances upfront, our team did nothing compared to the GREAT game against Kuwait, and the OK game against UAE!!

the players had no strong desire to win at all!! they were convincied by a draw even b4 Qatar scored its goal.. and after that, the team collapsed and Qatar scored its well deserved second goal!!

if we wanted to be among the top 3 teams in the tournament, we should enter every match with a winning mentality, not like the one faced today!!

well anyway, i think that this match would make us make a much better one against Bahrain, as the UAE match made us shine against Kuwait..

i think we can defeat Bahrain on one condition, to have the DESIRE to win

let me say mabrook for all Qatari fans, u have a great team
 

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1- Oman proved that they are just as good as any Gulf team. Almost ran away with a point.

2- Qatar is clearly the most organized team in this tournament. The way they cross the balls, take the corners and fouls is very impressive. They now what they are doing and the accuracy is almost perfect. It's amazing how the French guy did it in a few weeks. This is a different team than the one that played in the WC qualifiers. However, they still have to play the best two teams on paper. If they can beat Kuwait (I don't think they will), then the championship is theirs. If not, it's ours.
 
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