Bahrain’s 10 goals not enough in WCup qualifying

Bahrain ran over hapless Indonesia 10-0 Wednesday, succeeding in
erasing a nine-goal deficit to Qatar in the group standings but
still falling short of advancing to the next round of qualifying
for the 2014 World Cup.

Bahrain also needed Qatar to lose to have a chance of advancing
but it drew 2-2 with Iran, allowing both those teams to advance in
Group D.

Bahrain faced the daunting task of having to make up nine goals
compared to Qatar in the group standings, but was helped by
Indonesia goalkeeper Samsidar being sent off after just two

Ismail Abdulatiff converted the resulting penalty, and referee
Andre El Haddad awarded another spot kick in the 35th as Bahrain
jumped out to a 4-0 lead by halftime. Indonesia’s defense continued
to collapse in the second half, while substitute goalkeeper Andi
Muhammad Guntur could do little to keep out the Bahraini

Midfielder Sayed Dhiya and striker Mohamed Tayeb both had a hat
trick for Bahrain.

Despite the large margin, Bahrain’s victory will do little to
make up for being eliminated from the 2014 World Cup campaign so
early. The tiny Gulf nation had established itself as a regional
football power after it nearly qualified for the 2010 World Cup. It
was beaten by New Zealand in an intercontinental playoff.

Coached by former England under-21 and Leicester manager Peter
Taylor, the team had struggled to score until Wednesday’s game.