Wednesday, September 07, 2011


World Cup Qualifiers Match Day 2

Indonesia v Bahrain 0-2

Well, that's that then. Indonesia's World Cup ambitions have been shelved for another four years after this disappointing performance against a Bahrain side who were that yard quicker throughout the game both with their feet and their brains. Coach Rijsbergen won't have been happy with the way the goals were conceded. One deep into stoppage time of the first half when the defence fell asleep, the second when the offside trap was breached. Sadly all too familiar failings for Indonesian fans. But had Bambang Pamungkas scored with a first half header things could have been so different. (Asian Football Pictures)

Singapore v Iraq 0-2 5,504

For some reason Singapore aren't having that much luck when it comes to penalties. Last night they had two claims brushed aside. In China last week they had one brushed aside. Two games, two defeats, coach Raddy Avramovic sent to the stand. Singapore are rooted to the bottom f the group while Jordan, who beat China 2-1, are top. (match report) (stats)

Thailand v Oman 3-0 (Sompong Soleb, Teerasil Dangda, OG) 19,000

The Thais score 3 goals in a game, shock enough, and move into second place in the group after the opening two games. Also boosted their goal difference. Interesting that the Thai coach Winnie Schaeffer talked about learning from mistakes in the first game in Brisbane. Same can't be said about Indonesia! (stats) (match report)

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