Al Wahda's Al Nahyan Stadium took centre stage on Wednesday as more than 10,000 football fanatics of both the UAE and Lebanon packed into the stadium, known as the 'concrete bowl in the Sport360° office, to cheer on their respective nations.
While the UAE only had pride to play for, in this their final World Cup qualifier, after a wretched campaign which had seen them fail to register a single point in their five games, Lebanon arrived in the capital needing a single point to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
A carnival atmosphere greeted the players as they emerged at the start of the game as Lebanese fans turned out in their droves to cheer their side on after a dream campaign that many had thought impossible six months ago.
While UAE eventually prevailed 4-2, there was still reason to party for the travelling Lebanese as Kuwait's defeat to South Korea in the other game meant that they still qualified in second place.
Check out our photographs from a colourful day in Abu Dhabi...