Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the opening round of the fourth Gulf Soccer Tournament in the Qatar capital, Doha, on Friday (26 March).
SV Saudi Arabia's King Khalid, Emir of Qatar and escort on way to football match.
GV PAN INT OF Stadium and line-up of football teams. (8 shots)
SV Troops carrying flag
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV King Khalid and Emir of Qatar watching proceedings
SV Competing countries carrying national flags march past
GVs Crowd at start of match
GV Players enter field
GV Players stand for national anthems
GV PAN Crowd
GV Players in red shirts attack and nearly score
GV Scoreboard showing both teams 0-0
GV Play; players in green gain possession (2 shots)
KING KHALID AND SHEIKH KHALIFA ON WAY TO STADIUM: INTERIOR STADIUM, TEAMS LINE UP: TROOPS CARRYING FLAG: TWO LEADERS WATCHING: COMPETING TEAMS MARCH PAST: BALLOONS: CROWD AT START OF MATCH: PLAYERS ENTER FIELD: SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF PLAY.
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Background: Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the opening round of the fourth Gulf Soccer Tournament in the Qatar capital, Doha, on Friday (26 March).
The tournament was opened the previous day by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa and King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, who is visiting Qatar during a tour of Gulf countries.
Seven Gulf countries -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates -- are taking part in the tournament, which finishes on 11 April.
The games are being played at Qatar's new Khalifa Olympic stadium, which has just been finished at a cost of 100 million Qatari Riyals (GBP14.5 million sterling). The stadium is the first stage of the Khalifa Olympic City, which is due to be finished in 1978.
In the opening match Qatar soon took the lead when wingman Salman Al-Mas scored a goal 19 minutes after the start.
Both sides played high standard football as Saudi Arabia tried but failed to get the equaliser.
SYNOPSIS: The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa and visiting King Khalid of Saudi Arabia drove out to Qatar's new Khalifa Olympic stadium on Thursday to open the fourth Gulf Soccer tournament.
Teams from seven Gulf countries -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates -- are taking part in the tournament, which finishes on 11 April.
Kuwait won the last championship, and is favourite to win again this year.
King Khalid is visiting Qatar during a 10-day tour of the five Gulf states. He had extensive talks with Sheikh Kahlifa during his stay in Qatar.
The tournament is being staged at Qatar's new Khalifa Olympic City stadium, which has just been finished at a cost of fourteen and a half million pounds.
And the following day, Friday, the first match of the tournament, Qatar played Saudi Arabia to get the competition started.
Because it was the opening match, both teams viewed the game with special significance. And the big crowd of Qatari and other Gulf nationals that packed into the newly-built terraces added to the excitement.
Qatar, playing left to right, attacked early and nearly scored from this passage of intelligent play.
The home team surged ahead when wingman Salman al-Mas goaled 19 minutes from the start.
Despite repeated attempts by Saudi Arabia to equalise, the Qatar defence held firm. Saudi Arabia failed to score, and Qatar won the first match one-nil.