Bangladesh will face India in the final of SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship. However, Bangladesh faced Bhutan in their last match before the final. Tuesday (February 6). The hosts celebrated the goal in the last match of the league stage. Ahead of Thursday’s final, Aishi Khatun’s pair beat Bhutan 4-0 to boost Bangladesh women’s confidence.
The Bangladesh coach kept Umhela Marma and Sapna Rani Mandal from the XI in the previous match to test the strength of the bench in Kamalapur Birshrestha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium. Attack is also substantial with 9 new players. Bhutan was not allowed to play like that. To say that they have played more on the edge. However, more than two goals did not come in the first half.
The first goal was scored in the 18th minute of the match. Nusrat Jahan Mitu’s shot hit the net. Mitu scored the second goal in 30 minutes. Bangladesh U-19 women’s team went into the break with a 2-0 lead. Before the break, Oishi was getting a chance to score. But the shot from an awkward angle went past the defenders and landed straight into the palm of the goalkeeper.
Bangladesh maintained their offensive game in the second half as well. And two goals came in this half. Bangladesh got the third goal in 57 minutes. Krishna Rani only left-footed Aishe’s pass into the gap in front of the goalkeeper to put Bhutan further behind. After 6 minutes, Bhutan scored again. Oishi gets the second goal. A defender failed to give a proper back pass to the goalkeeper, before the keeper ran in from the other end and touched the ball before Aishe was instrumental in a big win for the hosts.
With this victory, Bangladesh will play the final from the top of the group with 9 points in three matches. On Thursday, the mission to retain the trophy will be against India at 6 pm. On the other hand, this time Bhutan is going back to the country without opening the account of points.