Oman inches closer to top spot

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Bhutan, how­ever, and, af­ter a goal­less first half, the vis­i­tors took the lead when Sami al Has­sani headed home at the near post just three min­utes af­ter the restart.

Bhutan then stunned Oman just 11 min­utes later when Chen­cho Gyelt­shen led his team on a counter-at­tack be­fore lay­ing the ball off to Karma She­drup Tsher- ing and his shot from out­side the area slipped un­der goal­keeper and Oman skip­per Ali al Habsi.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing Oman re­claimed the lead when Raed Ibrahim Saleh’s right-foot shot from out­side the area beat goal­keeper Hari Gu­rung.

In the 85th minute it dou­bled its lead when Raed Ibrahim bun­dled the ball over the line from close range be­fore com­plet­ing his hat-trick when he added his side’s fourth a minute be­fore the end of reg­u­la­tion time with an­other close-range ef­fort.

The goal of the night, though, came from the hosts in in­jury time when Chen­cho struck from long range free-kick and his low strike gave vet­eran goal­keeper Habsi lit­tle chance.

Ac­tion dur­ing the 2019 Asian Cup qual­i­fy­ing Group D match be­tween hosts Bhutan and Oman at the Changlim­ithang Sta­dium in Thimpu on Tues­day. Oman won the match 4-2

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