Bahrain’s Olympic football team missed out on a much-needed victory yesterday after conceding a late goal in a 2-2 draw with Iraq in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand. The result earned the Bahrainis their first point after two games in Group A of the tournament’s preliminary round.
The stalemate meant they still have a chance at advancing past this stage of the competition and into the quarter-finals, but they must defeat Australia in their final divisional fixture on Tuesday. Bahrain cannot settle for anything less than a victory in order to have any chance of going through.
Following both fixtures, Australia is on top with four points, Thailand follows with three, Iraq is third with two points while Bahrain is in last place with just one point. Striker Sayed Hashim and midfielder Mohammed Marhoon were both on target for the Bahrainis yesterday. They scored on either side of halftime.
Bahrain must finish in the top two in their group to advance to the quarter-finals. The last eight will be played on January 18 and 19, followed by the semi-finals on January 22. The match for third place will be held January 25 and then the gold medal game the following night.