Bahrain is now just one win away from a debut appearance in the World Cup
Time Out staff
Bahrain and New Zealand battled to a goalless draw in their Asia/Oceania World Cup qualifier playoff first leg on Saturday.
But the Bahrainis will be ruing a number of missed chances in the second half as attention now shifts to the second leg in Wellington on November 14.
Midfielder Salman Isa wasted the best of several second-half opportunities after rounding New Zealand goalkeeper Mark Paston in the 75th minute only to hit the post with his shot when a square ball to an unmarked Jaycee John would have been the better option.
John meanwhile had an 84th minute shot kept out after desperate defensive lunges from Ben Sigmund and Ryan Nelsen.