Oman finished its AFC Asian Cup campaign on a high as it overcame Kuwait 1-0 in its final game of the tournament on Saturday.
With both teams having already been eliminated from Group A, the two sides were playing for little more than pride in Newcastle.
Defences were on top for much of the encounter that was light on goalscoring chances.
Kuwait had the better of the clash but was punished by Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbali's 69th-minute goal.
Al Muqbali settled the game in Oman's favour to ensure that Paul Le Guen's side can take something from a disappointing competition.
Despite being eliminated from the tournament, Le Guen was happy his team were able to finish third in what was a tough group.
"I am happy to get the win," Le Guen said. "When you are out of the competition you are disappointed but it is not a shame to finish third in this group.
"We had some difficulties but we kept fighting. Kuwait they have a good team, we beat them during the Gulf Cup (and) we beat them again today, it is good for us."
Pressed on whether he saw the tournament as a success, Le Guen insisted his players are simply not up to the standard of the top teams and should be measured as such.
"Everybody is aware we won't be able to reduce the gap between the top teams and Oman," Le Guen said.
"We all have to be aware that it's not a matter of tactics, it's a global problem and I think that people in Oman who know football they are aware of that."
Kuwait coach Nabil Maaloul lamented his team's numerous missed chances.
"We didn't use the chances that we had and Oman was more ready to take theirs. Congratulations to them on the win."
It quickly became evident why both these teams had succumbed to an early exit, with neither side able to create anything going forward in the opening stages.
A series of robust challenges did not help the flow of the game in a dour first half, although Faisal Zaid Al Harbi wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring for Kuwait.
Al Harbi curled a close-range effort over the crossbar after good work down the right from Abdullah Al Buraiki.
Kuwait enjoyed more success in behind the Oman defence as the half went on, and went close again when Musaed Al Enazi headed over from a corner.
The contest became more open at both ends in the second half, but it was Kuwait who continued to craft the better opportunities.
Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi was finally forced into the first save of the match at the near post to deny the dangerous Al Buraiki.
And Nabil Maaloul's team were made to pay for not taking their chances as Oman took the lead against the run of play.
Al Muqbali met Mohammed Al-Siyabi's right-wing cross with a perfectly placed header into the top-right corner.
He then volleyed wide moments later with the goal at his mercy before seeing another header cleared off the line after Kuwait keeper Sulaiman Abdulghafoor had got a hand to the ball.
Al Buraiki then squandered a couple of late chances to encapsulate a frustrating tournament as Kuwait leave Australia without winning a point.