SAFF Under-15 Championship: Pakistan thrash Bhutan to move into semis

Pakistan U15 player Mudassar Nazar celebrate goal against Bhutan U15s.

Pakistan became the first team to qualify for the semi-final of the fifth SAFF Under-15 Championship when they thrashed Bhutan 4-0 at the ANFA Complex, Kathmandu on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Striker Moin Ahmed was the star of the show, scoring two goals and setting up another one for Pakistan, who became champions in Group B as they also defeated holders India 2-1 in their previous game.

The winners scored their all four goals in the first half.

Mudassar Nazar opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he received a forward pass from Moin and dodged past a defender to place the ball in the near post.

Iftikhar Ahmed doubled the lead three minutes later heading home a free kick from the left side.

Moin made it 3-0 in the 29th minute when he struck with a powerful right-footer after receiving a pass from the left side.

Junaid Ahmed set up Moin’s second goal three minutes from the break moving down the left flank before making a cut back, which the latter finished spectacularly.

Pakistan could have won the game by a bigger margin if Adnan Justin did not miss a penalty in the 53rd minute.

Bhutan goalkeeper Dorji Gyel Tshen dived to his right to save Adana’s low kick, denying the midfielder his second goal in the tournament.

Bhutan got their best chance of scoring in the 60th minute but midfielder Kelzang Jigmi’s shot could only hit the side post.

Bhutan now must beat India by at least five goals in their next match on Monday, October 29, 2018 if they are to qualify to the semi-final from Group B.

Hosts Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives are playing in Group A.