A penalty for Bahrain against India at the stroke of time made all the difference on Monday night, as the Arabian Gulf side reached the Asian Cup last 16 while their opponents crashed out of the continental championship.
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The result took Bahrain’s tally to four points along with Thailand, who also qualified for the next round following their 1-1 draw against the UAE at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on the same night. India finished bottom of Group A on three points.
With the clock ticking, pressure had been mounting on Bahrain up until that point as they made desperate attempts to break the Indian defence.
They came closest to scoring on 71 minutes when Mohammed Marhoon’s effort inside the area ricocheted off the left post.
They won a free kick on the eight-yard mark after the Indian keeper gathered the ball played back towards him by the centre-back Subhasish Bose. However, Rashed’s effort hit the wall of defenders and sailed over the crossbar.
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