World Cup - Bahrain score 10, fail to qualify

Wed, 29 Feb 15:36:00 2012

Bahrain beat Indonesia 10-0 in their final Group E qualifier, but still had their hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup ended.

Bahrain's head coach Peter Taylor of England celebrates after his team scores during their Arab Games final soccer match against Jordan in Doha December 23, 2011. - 0

The Bahrainis, managed by Englishman Peter Taylor, went into the game knowing they had to overturn a goal difference deficit of nine to have any chance of overhauling Qatar and taking second place in the group.

They managed to go one better by scoring 10 in an extraordinary match.

Indonesia had goalkeeper Samsidar sent off after just three minutes, with Ismail Abdullahatif converting the resulting penalty.

That was one of four spot-kicks awarded to Bahrain in the match - Abdullahatif missed the second, Mahmood Abuldrahman scored the third, before Mohammed Al Tayeb spurned the last late on with his side nine goals ahead.

Abdullahatif scored twice, as did Abdulrahman, with both Sayed Ebrahim and Al Tayeb notching hat-tricks.

But despite the remarkable scoreline, Bahrain did not advance after Gulf rivals and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar secured a last-gasp draw in Iran.

Group leaders Iran were sure of qualification for the next round and two goals from debutant Ashkan Dejagah had handed the home side a 2-1 advantage.

But an 86th-minute equaliser from Mohammed Kasoula rendered the scoreline at the Bahrain National Stadium irrelevant.

The draw for the next round of Asia 2014 World Cup qualifying will be made on March 9, with the 10 remaining teams split into two groups of five. The two group winners and two runners-up will reach the finals in Brazil, with the fifth Asian place going to the winner of a play-off between the two third-placed nations.

Along with Iran and Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Japan, Australia and Oman are through to the final stage of qualifying.

Iraq thumped minnows Singapore 7-1, which put them top of Group A after Jordan had lost 3-1 in China.

South Korea sealed top spot in Group B with a 2-0 victory over Kuwait, with Lebanon beaten 4-2 by Middle Eastern rivals the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

Uzbekistan laid down a marker for the next round by recording a 1-0 victory against Japan at the Toyota Stadium, but both sides progressed from Group C.

And in Group D the two teams to advance finished with victories - Australia taking first place with a 4-2 win over Saudi Arabia in Melbourne, and Oman finishing second after defeating Thailand 2-0 in Muscat.


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