Trinidad and Tobago draw Bahrain 1-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Trinidad and Tobago drew Bahrain 1-1 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Saturday.

Port-of-Spain:

Trinidad and Tobago drew Bahrain 1-1 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Saturday. The goals came late, with Bahrain's Salman Ali Ghuloom Ali knocking in a header in the 72nd minute, and Trinidad's Christopher Birchall scoring from 45 meters in the 77th. "We played well in the midfield. We stopped them and they could not play their way of playing,'' said Bahrain coach Luka Peruzovic. Both teams are bidding for their first-ever World Cup finals berth. Missed opportunities They missed prime opportunities in the first half; Dwight Yorke's power shot was blocked by Bahrain's tight defense, and Bahrain had a goal disallowed for offside in the 14th. Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker attributed his team's mistakes to the pressure of playing at home. The drama spurred the 25,000-strong crowd, who turned the stadium in this Caribbean island into a sea of red, and entertained with 90 minutes of calypso, and pounding steel pan drums. Both sides have defied tremendous odds in a bid to reach Germany in 2006. Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying while Bahrain placed third in Asia. Bahrain has a population of close to 700,000, while Trinidad and Tobago's population is a little more than a million. The winner would be the smallest country in the 2006 competition. The second leg next Wednesday will be in Bahrain. (AP)

Topics : Football Trinidad and Tobago
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