Bangladesh defeated Bhutan 2-0 to secure a semi-final berth in the SAFF Women’s Championship at the Shahid Rangashala in Biratnagar on Thursday.
The final result also meant Nepal, who defeat Bhutan 3-0 on Tuesday, joined Bangladesh in the past four from three-team Group ‘A’. Bhutan are out of the tournament with two defeats in two games. The last Group ‘A’ match between Nepal and Bangladesh on Saturday will certainly determine the pool winners. Nepal stands atop the table on goals superiority.
After a goalless first half, re-energized Bangladesh struck two times to dump Bhutan out of the competition. In spite of dominating the show and putting Bhutan under pressure, Bangladesh failed to break the deadlock before the interval. It took Bangladesh just one minute after resumption to take the lead as vice captain Most Mishrat Jahan Moushumiand have scored for them. Bangladesh sealed their triumph as skipper Sabina Khatun added on the second five minutes from time in a solo effort.
“I was not dissatisfied in spite of our team failing to score in the first half as we were dictating the game. I urged the players to keep on going with the same energy after the break,” stated Bangladeshi coach Golam Robbani Choton. “Our perseverance finally told in the second half as we were able to breach the Butanese defence two times,” declared Robbani. Bhutan’s Korean coach Sung Jea Lee was fulfills by his team’s efficiency despite having losing the match. “We were much better against Bangladesh rather than they were against Nepal on Tuesday. We let in two unnecessary goals and lost the match,” Lee claimed.
After losing quite a lot of chances, Bangladesh struck in the first minute after restart while Moushami’s header from the crowded zone in Monika Chakma corner kissed the net.
Bhutan’s first and only real make an attempt on goal came in the 73rd minute as Dorji Edon’s overhead kick in Sonam Choden corner sailed inches above the bar. Bangladesh boosted their advantage in the 85th minute all thanks to the individual brilliance as skipper Khatun rounded up two defenders, beat goalie Monger before firing in the goal. Khatun almost expanded the winning margin in the stoppage time but her tap-in effort went agonisingly wide of the target.