Bahrain eliminate Uzbekistan

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Bahrain have kept their hopes alive of a berth in next summer's World Cup finals in Germany after beating Uzbekistan on away goals.

Manama:

Bahrain have kept their hopes alive of a berth in next summer's World Cup finals in Germany after beating Uzbekistan on away goals in the Asian World Cup qualifying play offs. Bahrain were held 0-0 by Uzbekistan in the second leg in Manama, Bahrain on Wednesday. The game kicked off at 2200 local time, giving both teams enough time to recover after breaking the Ramadan fast. English referee Graham Poll officiated the game after FIFA had to order a replay of the first leg after a Japanese referee committed a technical error. Uzbekistan won that game 1-0. That result was scrapped by FIFA after the referee, Toshimitsu Yoshida, disallowed an Uzbekistan penalty because of encroachment. But, instead of ordering the penalty to be retaken, Yoshida gave Bahrain an indirect free kick. Uzbekistan appealed and the game was re-played. The second match, held in Uzbekistan last week, ended 1-1. However, Bahrain had scored a crucial away goal in their 1-1 draw in Uzbekistan last week. Bahrain will now play against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF in a final play-off for a ticket to Germany. (AP)

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