Something fishy going on?
Fifa opens ‘routine’ inquiry into Bahrain’s 10-0 win over Indonesia
Bahrain’s 10-0 victory over a weakened Indonesia team in a World Cup qualifying match will be studied in a “routine” investigation, Fifa has confirmed.
Bahrain’s win raised suspicions because they needed to make up a nine-goal deficit on rivals Qatar in the group standings to have a chance of advancing to the next round.
Peter Taylor’s side also needed Qatar to lose their final match, but the Qataris scored an 83rd-minute equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw in Iran and advance to the next stage of the Asian qualifying tournament.
A Fifa statement said: “Fifa security will conduct a routine examination of this game and its result … given the unusual outcome against results expectation and head-to-head history, and in the interests of maintaining unequivocal confidence in our game.”
The Indonesia goalkeeper Samsidar was sent off after just two minutes, and Bahrain took the lead from the resulting penalty. The hosts scored another penalty in the first half as they took a 4-0 lead by half-time, and continued scoring after the break.
Ermm, interesting. Bahrain needed to overturn a nine goal deficit, they won 10-0. Suspicious? Bahrain had managed to score just three goals in their previous five 2014 World Cup qualifiers, however they somehow managed to net ten times in one match?
Here is the match in question.