Thailand lost to Bahrain, breaking the 11-match unbeaten streak
To prepare for the Asian Cup qualifiers, the Thai team had a friendly match with Bahrain. Mano Polking’s team’s opponent will also compete in Group E of the Asian Cup qualifiers held in Malaysia.
Not only setting the goal of rubbing to prepare for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers, the Thai team is also very determined to improve its ranking on the FIFA rankings announced at the end of June. Coach Mano Polking’s teachers and students are determined to catch up, temporarily. even surpassing the Vietnamese team. Currently, on the FIFA rankings, Thailand ranks 111th compared with Bahrain’s 89th in the world and 96th in Vietnam.
The home field advantage helps Thailand enter excitedly. In the second minute, the Golden Temple team was awarded a penalty. On the 11m mark, captain striker Teerasil Dangda did not miss the opportunity to open the score.
The home team continues to maintain its dominance over Bahrain for the rest of the time. However, Thailand unexpectedly conceded a goal in the last minute of the first half. Ibrahim Alcatal received the ball from his teammates, headed high to equalize 1-1 for Bahrain. This is also the final score of the first half.
Entering the second half, Bahrain team regained the game and put pressure on Thailand’s field. And the efforts of the away team paid off in injury time, Hashim Sayed Isa finished exactly after the sharp counterattack of the West Asian team.
In the end, the Thai team received a 1-2 defeat. This result made the “War Elephants”‘ goal of approaching Vietnam in the FIFA Days phase unsuccessful.
After this match, both Thailand and Bahrain will begin their journey to the Asian Cup qualifiers. Thailand is in Group C with Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Meanwhile, Bahrain is in Group E with Malaysia, Turkmenistan and Bangladesh.
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