• Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Bangladesh beat Bhutan 5-2 in Saff U-15 opener

  • Published at 09:06 am August 23rd, 2019
Bangladesh's Mohammad Azizul Hoque Ananto controls the ball during their Saff U-15 Championship opener against Bhutan in India Friday BFF

Bangladesh beat Pakistan on penalties in the final of the previous edition and got their title defence off to a brilliant start

Reigning champion Bangladesh kicked off their Saff U-15 Championship 2019 campaign with a dominating 5-2 victory over Bhutan at Kalyani Stadium in the Nadia district of West Bengal, India Friday.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan on penalties in the final of the previous edition and got their title defence off to a brilliant start.

The first half was evenly contested as five of the total seven goals were scored; Bangladesh going into the break with a 3-2 lead.

Thereafter, the boys in red and green ran away with the tie in the second half, adding two more goals.

Bangladesh forward Al Mirad opened the scoring at the quarter-hour mark following a long throw-in, but their delight lasted just two minutes as Bhutan defender Phub Dorji brought parity, heading home a cross. 

Forward Al Amin Rahman put Bangladesh ahead again four minutes later with a placing shot from a free-kick.

Bhutan however, equalized again in the 32nd minute through Sonam Chozang, who capitalized on a mistake by Bangladesh goalkeeper Mohammad Sabbir Gazi.

Midfielder Shuvo Sarkar came off the bench in the 43rd minute and gave his side the lead again within two minutes with a volley as Bangladesh found it easier to penetrate the Bhutan defence at the latter stage of the game.

Mirad scored a brilliant goal in the 83rd minute to extend the lead, before substitute midfielder Emon Islam Babu netted the fifth from a free-kick in injury time to seal victory.

Bangladesh coach Mostafa Anwar Parvez expressed delight after the game.

He said, “For any team, victory is the most important thing. If the margin of victory is big, all the better. We played well. It is really hot. It would have been better had we not conceded. We leaked goals due to mistakes by the defence and keeper. Hope we play better in the upcoming matches.

“We had to adapt to the weather and the field. These are all young players. We have to give them time. Considering that it was our first match, I’m happy.

“Actually, it is tough to play your natural game amid this hot weather. The young players tried to acclimatize. A few even suffered from dehydration. Hope the boys will recover soon.” 

Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in their second game at the same venue Sunday, before facing Nepal and India Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

The top two teams in the five-side standing will contest the grand finale next Saturday.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail