Photo source: AFP/Adam Jan
A bit disappointing, and quite boring also. I was expecting this match to have the same energy and excitement that all the previous Bahrain-Iran meetings have had... but neither side was able to impress this time. Although Iran played a technically better game, Bahrain seemed to have the edge and kept the pressure on the Persians throughout, with several near misses. Iran really didn't live up to its name, despite all of its Bundesliga-experienced players; and Ali Karimi failed to display why he was given the 2004 Asian Footballer of the Year award. The match was quite scrappy, and honestly, it was mostly from our side. Particularly Marzoogi... he did a great job defending, but he had some really irresponsible tackles also... So I can understand the complaints that the Iranians had against some of the decisions made by the referee this evening.
I don't think either side felt robbed of the two extra points they could have had if they won, but I think we're on the defensive having failed to grab a win with home side advantage... because it's not going to be easy for the Red & Whites to get a win in Teheran.
But anyways, it was fun to be at the stadium which was PACKED, and everyone was really really excited.
And here's a picture of the snacks & drinks stall during half time:
The rush at the bogs was even worse. The theory of queues is something that Bahrain football fans have yet to be convinced of.
Well, best of luck to the team on the rest of the campaign.