Bahrain defeated Palestine 4-2 to make a strong start at the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Beach Soccer Championship yesterday.
Mehran Maatooq scored a hat-trick for Bahrain while Salman Salim netted one goal in the Group B match.
Bahrain, coached by Sadiq Marhoon, lead Group B with three points, followed by Palestine with three points from two games.
The semi-finalists from the group will be decided today after Bahrain’s match against Saudi Arabia, starting at 8pm.
Saudi Arabia had earlier lost their opening match 6-4 to Palestine.