The men in red and green managed to keep their forte quite secured in the opening half with no notable threats from the home side side before Mohsin al-Khaldi, Al Mandhar, Arshad al-Alawi and Amran al-Hidi netted one each to seal the fate of the game, while Biplo Ahmed scored a consolation for the visiting side
A glut of goals in the second half saw Bangladesh concede a 4-1 defeat against host Oman in their fourth Group E match in the second round of the World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifier at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat Thursday.
The men in red and green managed to keep their forte quite secured in the opening half with no notable threats from the home side side before Mohsin al-Khaldi, Al Mandhar, Arshad al-Alawi and Amran al-Hidi netted one each to seal the fate of the game, while Biplo Ahmed scored a consolation for the visiting side.
There was a big presence of Bangladeshi supporters in the gallery but they were unlucky to experience the same Bangladesh as in the last three matches.
Renowned TV presenter Joe Morrison shared a video on his facebook page showing Bangladesh fans queuing for tickets outside the stadium five hours before kick-off.
Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day, who repeatedly reminded that the game would be their toughest game in the qualifiers so far, kept the squad unchanged after fighting bravely to earn their only point in the group phase against India last month.
The most noteworthy chance in the first half was initiated by Day’s side but captain Jamal Bhuiyan’s sudden strike from 30 yards out in the 11th minute was punched away by Oman goalkeeper Ali al Habsi for the cost of a corner.
The home side dominated possession but couldn’t pose any remarkable threat in the opening half.
Energetic Bangladesh defence was found alert on occasions to block the attacks.
The scenario changed soon after resumption as midfielder Al-Khaldi gave the host the breakthrough in the third minute, hitting the back of the net through the right side of Ashraful Islam Rana with a left-footer from the edge of the box.
Striker Nabib Newaj Jibon headed straight to the keeper from the middle of the box following a long cross by Rayhan Hasan at the hour mark.
Midfielder Al Mandhar doubled the lead in the 68th minute, stabbing home from close range following a cross from the right flank.
Rana should have done better to clear the ball before it reached Mandhar.
Rayhan’s long throw-ins were not as effective due to the tall Oman players inside the box, but one of them in the 72nd minute met young defender Riyadul Hasan Rafi.
Riyadul’s deflected header though went wide for a corner.
A minute after Muhsen’s effort was denied by the sidepost, substitute midfielder Arshad extended the lead with a right-footed volley from outside the penalty area in the 78th minute.
Biplo pulled one back for the visiting side two minutes later with a clinical side-volley from vantage point at the top of the box after Jibon headed down the ball to the young forward.
Another blunder from Rana allowed the host to score another in added time when defender Amran al-Hidi’s shot from a goalmouth scramble unsettled Rana, from whom, the ball slipped through the goal-line.
With the win, Oman closed the gap to one point with leader Qatar, earning nine points from four matches.
Fourth-placed India played out a 1-1 draw with third-placed Afghanistan while Bangladesh sit at the bottom with one point.
Bangladesh will host Afghanistan in their next match of Group E on March 26, 2020.