Bahrain sink Singapore

After a bizarre sequence of events, Bahrain beat Singapore 3-1 in an international friendly as three different players converted the three penalties that they were awarded.

Both teams recently missed out on advancing in the qualification process for the upcoming FIFA World Cup and so a friendly between the two was arranged while other countries fought to book their flights to Russia in 2018.

Bahrain, who won FIFA’s most improved team award in 2004, have endured a torrid time of it lately that has seen their ranking slip from 44th to 126th.

However, they showed no signs of being short on confidence as they dispatched Singapore 3-1.

The match was an odd one in that all three of Bahrain’s goals came from the penalty spot and were scored by different players each time.

In the 11th minute Mohamed Al Romaihi stepped up to drill his spot-kick home.

PDRM FA captain Safuwan Baharudin then pulled Singapore level with a fantastically worked goal.

Five minutes after the restart though and Bahrain were awarded their second penalty of the evening and this time it was Abdulla Abdo who was given the responsibility of finding the back of the net. He made no mistake.

In the 87th minute, Ismaeel Abdullatif got his turn to get on the score sheet from 12 yards and he buried his attempt.

While the goals came in dubious fashion, Bahrain dominated for the entirety of the fixture.

Singapore head coach V. Sundramoorthy will be frustrated that his troops could not end their two-game losing streak.

In the build-up to the match he said that he was expecting a strong performance from his group as he had the likes of Hariss Harun, Baihakki Khaizan and Shahril Ishak all returning. They made little impact though.