Bahrain should have sealed this match by at least a three-goal margin which would have boosted their chances of booking a berth in a maiden World Cup.
But lack of firepower when it mattered most undid all their good work.
Bahrain's Czech coach Milan Macala refused to believe that his team had thrown away their opportunity.
"It was a very tough game and from our side we tried to get the best result we could in 90 minutes," said the 65-year-old.
"We now have an uphill task and have very little time to prepare. But we must do what we can to win there. Of course, we will try our best and give everything we have in order to qualify.
"We had four or five opportunities, but failed to capitalise. We may have done with a bit of luck, but with all those opportunities and 15 corners, still we could not score. Good teams score with one or two chances."