Oman inches closer to top spot
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