Managers were fired and the whole team was in crisis. Even in this situation, Ittihad Jeddah is finishing a horrible season with a survival in the Saudi top tier.
Martin Lasarte and Zoran Mamić arrived in the Middle East in order to manage two of the region’s giants. When things are starting to boil, both can feel the pressure.
The UAE was saved from an elimination after Ahmed Khalil scored in extra time. Saudi Arabia end their Asian Cup campaign aftar a defeat against Japan.
Qatar completed the group stage with another clean sheet and a win against rivals Saudi Arabia. Lebanon won against North Korea, but missed the knockout stage by a single yellow card.
Iran, Iraq & Saudi Arabia completed their qualification for the knockout stage, preparing for the groups’ last matchday that will present the Gulf War, the football version.