SAFF Under-15 Championship: Bangladesh in final after dramatic win over India

Bangladesh U15 boys celebrate following win over their Indian counterpart to confirm SAFF U15 Championship 2018 final.

Bangladesh scored a dramatic late equaliser before beating India 4-2 in the tie-breaker to move to the final of the fifth SAFF Under-15 Championship at ANFA Complex, Kathmandu on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

The match went into the tie-breaker after stipulated 90-minute ended 1-1.

Ashikur Rahman struck from penalty in the 93rd minute for Bangladesh to cancel out Patre Harsh Shailesh’s 17th minute opener, pushing the game into penalty shoot-out.

Goalkeeper Mehedi Hasan turned out to be the ultimate hero for Bangladesh as he saved India’s opening two shots, taken respectively by Shailesh and Arya Gandarva.

Bangladesh scored from their first four shots thanks to Tauhidul Islam Riday, Raja Ansari, Kamran Uddin Raju and Rostom Islam Dukhu Mia.

India’s Subba Kushang and Fredy Chawngthansanga scored from their third and fourth shot but they went in vain once Dukhu Mia converted Bangladesh’s fourth shot.

Defending champions India dominated the opening half and got a deserving lead through Shailesh, who made a stunning long-range effort from nearly 40 metre to find the back of the net.

Bangladesh regrouped in the second half and came close to an equaliser in the 50th minute but Nihat Jaman Ucchash headed wide from Ibne Ahad Shakil’s corner, despite him being positioned perfectly.

After India goalkeeper denied Bangladesh again in 73rd minute the boys in green and white went all out and put tremendous pressure on India to find the equliser, which came in the shape of late penalty.

Bangladesh will face the winners of second semi-final between Nepal and Pakistan in the final on Saturday, November 3, 2018

The second semi-final is scheduled on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the same venue.