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.