POST TIME: 15 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
FIFA, AFC Qualifiers
Oman beat Bangladesh 4-1
UNB, Dhaka

Oman beat Bangladesh 4-1

Oman beat Bangladesh by 4-1 goals in the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asia Cup 2023 of the joint qualification round for at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman yesterday. Midfielders Mohsin Al Khaldi, Rabia Al Mandhar and Arshad Al Alaw and defender Amran Al Hidi scored one goal each for hosts Oman while midfielder Biplo Ahamed scored one for Bangladesh. In the day’s other match, Afghanistan played 1-1 draw with India at Republican Central Stadium in Tajik Capital Dushanbe.

Despite winning the match, Oman remained in the 2nd slot with 9 points from 4 matches while Asian champions Qatar sit in pole opposition in the group with 10 points from 4 matches, Afghanistan are 3rd with 4 points from 4 matches, India are 4th with 3 points from 4 matches and Bangladesh are bottom with a solitary point from their 4 matches.

Bangladesh gave tough fight against their mighty opponents and hosts Oman from the very beginning of the match.

Oman, ranked nearly 100 sports higher in the FIFA rankings, tried to put

pressure on Bangladesh with their attacking football but Bangladeshi defenders resisted all of their efforts and went into the dugout level-pegging after the first half.

In the second half, midfielder Mohsin Al Khaldi finally broke the deadlock scored with his left-footed shot from the edge of the box in the 48th minute (1-0).

In a span of ten minutes, Bangladesh conceded two more goals as midfielders Rabia Al Mandhar and substitute midfielder Arshad Al Alaw netted twice to widen the margin for the hosts in the 68th and 78th minutes (3-0).

Bangladesh scored their lone consolation goal when midfielder Biplo Ahamed sent the ball home with a clinical finish from inside the box in the 81st minute (3-1).

But defender Amran Al Hidi netted the hosts’ 4th goal in stoppage time (91st minute) to seal a comfortable victory for Oman (4-1), and hand Bangladesh their biggest defeat of the campaign so far. The match saw Rayhan Hasan of Bangladesh getting a yellow card. Bangladesh are in Group E of the qualification round with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and India.

In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan on March 26 next year in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.