United Arab Emirates beats Qatar to win fourth straight Gulf Cup

United Arab Emirates beats Qatar to win fourth straight Gulf Cup

03 Feb 2016 | Steven Ellis - the Hockey House.net

The United Arab Emirates remain as the only champions ever at the Gulf Cup hockey tournament, beating Qatar 5-0 to grab their fourth title at the event.

The margin of victory saw Qatar play a little stronger defensively, as UAE took a 10-0 victory over Qatar in the opening game of the tournament. The Emirates knew they weren’t going to struggle in Doha over the past few days, having won the three previous Gulf Cup tournaments.

Outside of the Gulf Cup, UAE has won three previous gold medals in IIHF action, with two titles at the Challenge Cup of Asia and a lone title at the 2008 Arab Cup. In 2010, the team became the first from an Arab nation to play in IIHF World Championship competition, where the team still currently sits in Division III, the lowest of any division.

For Qatar, the loss at home still proved to be a sign of success. For the new hockey nation, Qatar’s silver medal is the best result of their short hockey life span. Back in 2014, Qatar beat Oman 7-2 in the bronze medal game, grabbing their first ever medal after just their first victory at the tournament.

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