Doha, Qatar: Iraq would consider themselves unlucky to crash out in the Gulf Cup semifinals, losing to Bahrain in tie-breaker, but Helio Sousa's men were every bit deserving winners.
Bahrain started as the underdogs but they were the better side after drawing the level for the second time right at the half- time break and could have easily won the tie in the regulation period itself had they managed to put away the chances.
"Were are already making history as we have never made the finals of a two-group Gulf Cup. So it's a big achievement for us. But we don't want to stop here. We want to go far and we will try to win it against Qatar or Saudi Arabia," said coach Sousa.
"We came back from a goal down twice and that shows the level of motivation and emotional balance our players have.
"We are the weakest team in the last four but this win shows that we are getting stronger each time," he added.
Saudi Arabia, who defeated Qatar in the other semis, will start as the favourites in the final, but Bahrain have already shown that they have little regard for such tags.