Bahrain dashed Malaysia’s slim hopes of qualifying for the London Olympics with a come-from-behind 3-2 win at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here on Sunday.
Malaysia were the early aggressors in the match, taking the lead in the 3oth minute through Muhammad Nazmi Faiz, who was on target from long range.
Mahali Jasuli put Ong Kim Swee’s side 2-0 in the 68th minute and the national team looked set to hold on for full points in the Asian Zone final round Olympic qualifier.
However, Bahrain spoilt it all for Malaysia in a five-minute spell towards the end of the match.
Saad Salah Al Amer pulled a goal back for Bahrain in the 81st minute before Isa Ahmed Muthana hit two on the trot – in the 85th and 86th minutes – to give his side a 3-2 win.
The national team have now lost all their three matches in the Olympic qualifier, including 0-2 defeats at the hands of Japan and Syria.
Before the win over Malaysia, Bahrain had lost their previous two matches – 1-3 to Syria and 0-2 to Japan.