1/5/2019 8:52:59 PM (GMT+3)

Late equaliser helps UAE hold Bahrain 1-1

Late equaliser helps UAE hold Bahrain 1-1

ABU DHABI, UAE: Ahmed Khalil scored from the spot to help UAE share points against Bahrain in their 1-1 drawn Group A game at the AFC Asian Cup on Saturday.

Khalil converted for the 1996 Asian Cup runners-up in the 88th minute after Mohamed Al Rohaimi had given Bahrain the lead just 10 minutes earlier.

UAE looked good in the early minutes when their striker Ali Mabkhout found Ismail Al Hammadi on the run, but the latter shot wide of Bahrain goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar.

Mabkhout scuffed an effort and then blasted over the bar after he was put through by Ali Salmin.

Bahrain’s first genuine opportunity followed shortly after, but Al Rohaimi failed to find the target with a header from Komail Al Aswad’s curled delivery.

Just before the break, Al Aswad almost put Bahrain in the lead but his 25 yards free-kick narrowly missed the target.