The players of the UAE national football team proved they are the true stars by defeating current champions Australia 1-0 to secure a place in the semifinals.
The UAE will next face Qatar in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
“Today, the UAE showed their great character – a champion’s character,”manager Alberto Zaccheroni said.
The nail-biting quarter final match tipped into our favour at the last moment…all thanks to Ali Mabkhout’s 68th-minute goal.
Watch the electrifying moment when the UAE took the lead triggering a WILD response from the fans
— John McAuley (@_JMcAuley) January 25, 2019
Defeating the reigning champions is no east feat…
— حسن سجواني ???????? Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) January 25, 2019
People watching the match from all around the country erupted in a thunderous applause at the last-minute goal
#عيال_زايد يفرحون الوطن بهذا الفوز المستحق .. ????????????????
— عبدالله المطوع???????? (@AAlmutwah) January 25, 2019
In fact, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council has now announced that the entrance to the semifinal match between the UAE and Qatar on Tuesday will be FREE.
This news comes following the directions issued by Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the council
The council stated on its Instagram post that the tickets would be distributed from Sunday January 27 from 10am to 10pm.
However, whether the tickets would be free for both Emiratis or expats hasn’t been clarified yet.