Bangladesh lost to hosts Oman 1-4 in their fourth Group E match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Thursday.
After a goalless first half Mohsin Al Khaldi Johar, Al-Mandahar Al Alawi, Arshad Al Alawi and Amran Said Juma Kharbash Al Hidi scored one goal each for Oman while midfielder Biplo Ahmed pulled one goal back for Bangladesh.
Coach Jamie Day fielded an unchanged squad that drew 1-1 with India and the strategy seemed to have worked when Bangladesh managed to keep Oman at bay in the first half.
The charges of Day even came close to scoring during the period when captain Jamal Bhuiyan’s shot was parried by Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in the 12th minute.
Yeasin Khan-led Bangladesh defenders Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan and Rayhan Hasan also tackled well while goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana also made few saves to deny Oman an early lead.
Bangladesh became a little brave in the second half, but the ploy backfired as Johar scored in the 48th minute to open the floodgate.
Al-Mandahar doubled the margin in the 67th minute, placing the ball home from inside the box after a long pass from right wing by Abdulaziz Al Gheilani.
Substitute Al Alawi made it 3-0 in the 78 minutes but Biplo reduced the margin three minutes later volleying a Saad Uddin pass home.
The goal, Bangladesh’s only second goal in the entire qualifying campaign, encouraged the visiting side to go for more attacks in search of equalisers but it did help the team little as Al Hidi extended the margin in the stoppage time from a counter attack.
Bangladesh so far lost three matches and drew one against India in the qualification campaign to stay at the bottom in Group E with just one point.
In the day’s other Group-E match, India snatched an injury time equaliser to held Afghanistan 1-1 in Dushanbe.
This is India’s third draw in their four matches, which took them just above Bangladesh in the points table.
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