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SAFF U-15: Bangladesh emerge unbeaten champions beating Pakistan

03 November 2018,Saturday, 19:06

Bangladesh boys pose for snap after clinching the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.

Bangladesh boys pose for snap after clinching the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday.

Bangladesh clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday, UNB reports.

With this victory, Bangladesh not only clinched their maiden SAFF U-15 Championship title, but also took revenge of their 0-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the SAFF-16 Championship in 2011.

In 2015, Bangladesh boys also clinched the SAFF U-16 title at their home ground in Sylhet beating India in the final, also in tie-breaker.

India finished 3rd beating hosts Nepal by 1-0 goal in the 3rd place deciding match at the same venue Saturday morning with Thalacheu Vanlalruatfela scoring match-winner in the 18th minute.

In the stipulated 90-minute of the day’s final, Bangladesh took lead in the 25th minute as Pakistani defender Haseeb Ahmed Khan headed the ball to his own net while he tried to foil a Bangladesh corner kick from the left flank (1-0).

Mohibullah returned Pakistan into the match in the 54th minute scoring the match equalizer from a penalty (1-1) forcing the match towards tie-breaker.

Pakistan got the spot kick when Bangladesh defender Helal fouled one of the onrushing forwards in the danger zone and Mohibullah did no mistake to convert penalty by a ground shot that kissed the net near Bangladesh custodian.

Bangladeshi substitute custodian Mehedy Hasan, who guided Bangladesh into the final foiling two penalties against India in the semi-final, came to the field just before tie-breaker and again proved his worth in the final saving three Pakistani spot kicks of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar in penalty shootout.

Towhidul Islam, Raza Ansari and Rostam Islam of Bangladesh converted the spot kicks correctly while Rajon Hawlader and Rabiul Alam failed in the first and last attempts.

For Pakistan, Mohibullah and Wasid came out successful in the penalty shoot while Bangladesh custodian Mehedy Hasan saved the remaining three attempts of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar.

Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the six-nation South Asian U-15 soccer meet with an all-win record eliminating their neighbor India by 4-2 goals in tiebreaker as the first semifinal between them was also locked 1-1 goals at the same venue on last Thursday.

In the day’s 2nd semifinal, Pakistan made an easy passage to the final eliminating hosts Nepal by 4-0 goals at the same venue on Thursday afternoon.

Nihad Jaman Uchchash of Bangladesh was adjourned the highest scorer of the tournament scoring four goals while Pakistani skipper Haseeb Ahmed Khan was the moist valuable player of the tournament.

Bangladesh team also won the Fair Play trophy.

The team is scheduled to return home Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group A champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals beating hosts Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match after crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the first match, featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman while Nepal outplayed the Maldives 4-0 in their first appearance on Thursday last.

After the group stages, Bangladesh (Group A) and Pakistan (Group B) clinched the group crown with all-win run to qualify for the semifinals securing full six points from straight two encounters while Nepal (Group A) and India (Group B) finished group runners-up to reach the semifinals, collecting three points from two matches.

On the other hand, Pakistan clinched Group B title beating India by 2-1 goals and Bhutan by 4-0 goals while India finished Group B runners-up beating Bhutan by 4-0 goals.


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