Bahrain juniors bow to Qataris.
A double strike from Saleh Bader Al Yazidi and a late second-half goal from Mohammed Shaban helped the Qataris win in yesterday's crucial Group 'B' clash, held at Qatar Sports Club Stadium.
Having suffered their first defeat in three games, Bahrain went down to fourth place with four points.
Bahrain kick-started their quest on a high note, beating Tajikistan 4-0 in their opener last Tuesday. It was followed by a goalless draw with Kuwait on Thursday.
It was the second win for Qatar, who topped this six-team group with seven points from three matches.
They are ahead on goal difference Jordan and Kuwait, who bounced back into the competition with respective wins over Bhutan and Tajikistan.
Playing at Qatar Sports Club Stadium earlier yesterday, Jordan outplayed Bhutan 4-0 for their maiden victory.
Ahmed Al Asawi opened the scoring for the Jordanians after eight minutes, then Laith Al Bashawi doubled the victors' advantage 10 minutes later.
Sameer Rajab made it 3-0 on 53 minutes before Al Bashawi completed the routing with a fourth goal and his second goal in the 60th minute.
Kuwait followed suit, defeating Tajikistan 1-0 at Al Wakrah Club Stadium, with striker Mohammed Al Qabandi scoring the only goal eight minutes before full-time.
Under their French-Algerian head coach Mousa Bazzaz, the Bahrainis went into yesterday's clash without their dangerous striker Abdulrahman Yousef, who was sent off during Kuwait's match.
Instead, Bazzaz started the game featuring goalkeeper Jassim Al Na'ar, defenders Hakeem Al Oraibi, Ali Ghalib, Hussain Mahdi and Abdulla Shalal.
Skipper Abdulla Yousef, Ali Jamal, Mohammed Saleh, Mahdi Abdullatif and Khalil Salman played in the midfield, while Omar Abdulrahim was the only striker for the team.
Qatar's Dutch coach Marcel Van Buuren, on the other hand, was banking on his rising strikers Saoud Mohammed Al Khalaqi and Al Yazidi.
The team in maroon jerseys also comprised goalkeeper Muhannad Hussein, defenders Ahmed Yasser, Serginie Abdou, Mohammed Abdulmotaal and Ali Asad.
Also spearheading Qataris yesterday were midfielders Abdulla Al Sulaiti, Halal Al Saeed, Ahmed Wesaba and Abdulmajeed Al Diri.
Bahrain will now take a one-day break before playing their fourth game tomorrow against bottom of the table Bhutan at 6.45pm.
They then take on Jordan in their fifth and last match on Friday at 4.10pm at Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium.
There are 39 nations competing in this continental competition. The teams were drawn into eight groups, with each group winners and runners-up, plus the two best third placers, will qualify for the finals
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