SAFF Women Championship 2019: Bangladesh in semis after Bhutan win

SAFF Women Championship 2019: Bangladesh in semis after Bhutan win

Goal by Mishrat Jahan Moushumi and Sabina Khatun helped Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 in their first match of the SAFF Women Championship 2019 at Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal on Wednesday, March 14, 2019.

Bangladesh qualified for the semi-final the tournament with the win from three-team Group A alongside hosts Nepal, who defeated Bhutan 3-0 earlier in the opening match of the tournament.

The charges of Golam Rabbani Choton were largely underwhelming in the barren first half in which their only chance came in 23rd minute when Bhutan goalkeeper Sangita Monger blocked a feeble attempt of Sirat Jahan Shopna.

Moushumi broke the deadlock in the 46th minute heading home from a goal-mouth melee after Bhutanese defenders failed to clear a corner kick of Monika Chakma.

Bangladesh had the chance to double the lead in 68th minute when Sabina Khatun fed Tohura Khatun with a perfect cross from the left-side, but the substitute forward failed to connect the ball with only goalkeeper to beat.

Sabina doubled the lead five minutes from the time sprinting into the box to wriggle past a defender before she placed the ball on the left side of the post.

“Winning today’s match was important for us, because our semi-final was depending on this,” said Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, the opening goal scorer of Bangladesh.

“From the start our girls dominated the play and tried to give their all. We scored two goals, but got a few more opportunities, which we could not use, Insallah we will try to play better against Nepal,” she added.

Bangladesh and Nepal will now face off on March 16 for the group championship.

India, Maldives and Bhutan are competing in Group B.

The fifth edition of the tournament will run until March 22.