Bangladesh blow Bhutan away to reach SAFF semis

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 18:20, Mar 14, 2019 | Updated : 18:21, Mar 14, 2019

BD team SAFF women championship 2019Bangladesh women’s national team has beaten Bhutan 2-0 to claim their place in the semi finals of the SAFF Women’s Championship-2019.

Captain Sabina Khatun and Co Captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi scored the goals at Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal on Wednesday (Mar 14), which saw them advance with a match in hand.

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, reports

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.

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.