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Bangladesh and Nepal march ahead

Bhubaneshwor

27 July 2022

Bangladesh remained firm in their bid for the SAFF U20 Championship 2022 title following their 2-1 victory over India in the match played at the Kalinga Stadium on Wednesday.

All three goals of the game came in the first half of the match with Bangladesh breaking the deadlock in the 29th minute. MD Piash Ahmmed Nova found the back of the net capitalizing a defensive blunder that saw Indian defender Halen Nongtdu fail to clear the ball.

India got the equalizer in the 35th minute through a header from Gurkirat Singh but the parity did not last long as Bangladesh found their winning goal in the stroke of half time from a penalty scored by MD Piash Ahmmed Nova.

Speaking to reporters after the match Bangladesh coach Paul Thomas Smalley said: “I am very pleased to come with a victory against a very well organized, well coached team like India. We are certainly very happy to come out with a victory without being beaten in the last two matches. We are over joyed and looked forward to our third match. If you have seen, we created very good chances against an Indian team that have some of their members running for national team. Our objective before we came to India was to reach the final and anything other than that is a bonus.”

Likewise, India coach Shanmugam Venikatesh took the entire blame upon himself and vowed to correct the mistakes in the second match.

In the second match of the day, Nepal continued their impressive performance defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The victory puts Nepal at the top of the table with six points and better goal difference over Bangladesh.

Second half goals from Ayush Ghalan (58’), Kritish Ratna Chhunju (64’) and Managya Nakarami (83’) established Nepal as a strong contender for the title.