Doha, Qatar: Saudi Arabia stormed into the Gulf Cup semifinals with a commanding 3-1 victory against reigning champions Oman on Monday and coach Herve Renard was delighted that they finally played to their potential.
“We are delighted with this precious win against Oman which came after we lost in the first game and won in the second despite the bad performance. Our performance improved significantly in this game," said Renard after the victory.
"Our players made a big game. We managed to score two goals, and then quickly scored the third after their goal which reduced the difference.”
Frenchman Renard said the semifinal against Qatar would be good for the whole region.
“It is good to face a strong team which is the Asian champion and the Gulf host. We have an excellent team and good players. I know Qatar are doing well and are a capable team. I congratulate Felix Sanchez for his good work.
“I am excited about this match because it will be between two big teams, and in a stadium full of fans. This is the fun of football. It is true that our fans will be less on the pitch, but I have trust in my team. It will be a good match for the Gulf region and the Arab region as a whole. It will be a beautiful match and we will work to prepare for it as required.”