Bahrain ended a 49-year wait to clinch their first title at the regional tournament [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Doha, Qatar – The curtain has fallen on the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar, with a new regional football champion crowned.

Bahrain beat three-times champion Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Sunday’s final in the capital, Doha, to lift their first trophy at the biennial eight-nation tournament.

This was the fourth time Qatar hosted the event that attracted extra attention as it was played against the backdrop of a two-year diplomatic dispute with three of its neighbours – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

But the trio’s decision to reverse their boycott of the event and participate was widely welcomed amid growing signs of a

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