LAST-GASP WINNER HELPS BAHRAIN HOLD THAILAND
BANGKOK (Oct 16, 2001) – Thailand were hoping to win their first match of the Asian zone 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight but a last gasp strike from Hussain Ali Ahmad resulted in a drawn game here tonight.
This match was a replayed match of the game that was abandoned on Saturday. The match was abandoned after a fire broke out in the Rajamangala Stadium. As a result, a substantial part of the lights went out. The fire was caused by a short circuit in the electrical room.
Bahrain were trailing by a goal from 2002 Tiger Cup hero Worawut Srimaka in the first half. After an impressive second half, the Thais looked like they would be collecting full points for the very first time.
However, to the dismay of the Thais, Hussain hit the equaliser in the very last minute of the match.
Thailand, the only team from Southeast Asia to qualify for the second stage of the Asian qualifiers, will play their final match against Saudi Arabia.