Chanathip Songkrasin emerged as the hero for Thailand with a 58th-minute winner. Jordan have booked their spot in the knockout stages after defeating rivals Syria. And India were left to rue as hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) recorded a 2-0 victory.
Instead, it was Bahrain who created the better of the chances and Thailand goalkeeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen had to be alert to make a smart save from Kamil Al-Aswad’s low shot a minute before the half-hour mark, before Mohamed Al-Romaihi wastefully headed over from two yards out after being left unmarked at the far post four minutes before halftime.
Siwarak then came to the rescue again six minutes after the hour mark with another fine save to keep out Ali Madan’s close-range effort, after Sami Al-Husaini’s left-wing cross had been deflected into his path.
A minute from time, Teerasil Dangda had a chance to add to their tally after waltzing through the entire Bahrain defence but Shubbar stood firm to deny the striker, although it did little to prevent the War Elephants from claiming a much-needed victory ahead of their final Group A clash with hosts United Arab Emirates.
Mousa Suleiman broke the scoreless deadlock in the 26th minute of the match as he deflected a shot towards the goal that left the Syrian keeper helpless.
Despite only having 38 per cent of the possession in the first 45 minutes, they were able to spring out 11 shots and doubled their lead just before half-time as Tareq Khattab scored in the 43rd.
This time it was from a set-piece as a perfectly-executed corner resulted in the centre-back having a great run towards the goal for a header that froze the Syrian defence.
In the second half, Syria made a change and brought in Mahmoud Almawas in place of Mardek Mrdkian who was lucky not to be given a red card after a reckless tackle very early in the match.
The pressure kept building that they committed mistakes and even
surrendered an own goal as they scrambled to avoid being caught out by Jordan
Syria’s moments were few and far between, and when they had a real chance, the Jordan defence was ready to thwart their attempts. Amer Shafi was tough to beat on the night.