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24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh storm into second round

Home team edges past favourite Vietnam 2-0
Sports Reporter
Bangladesh storm into second round
Bangladesh players celebrate with the national flag after becoming champions of AFC Women’s Under-16 Football Championship beating Vietnam 2-0 in their last match at Kamalapur Stadium in the capital yesterday. Courtesy photo

Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s national football team overwhelmed Vietnam in a crucial match with a 2-0 victory to storm into the AFC-16 second round competition yesterday at the Bir Sreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium, in the capital.

Tohura Khatun and Ankhi Khatun struck a piece to blank one of the favourites in the Group F along with the hosts Bangladesh.

Vietnam, though conceded defeat also manages room in the second round as the best runners-up when they will join with Iran, Australia, China, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar and Philippines.

The second round will be held in February 23 to March 3, while the final round will be held in September 15-28, 2019.         

Bangladesh and Vietnam were advancing equally since their first match when both the sides amassed nine points each with winning their previous three matches and also scored as many 25 goals keeping clean sheets.

In this respect, both sides stood on same position and the equation appeared that the winners of the group’s last match will straight advance to the second round, as the match turned into a final affairs for both the hosts and the visitors when Bangladesh had the last laugh.

However, before the match, Vietnam, who was rated high after their goal galore wins in the three previous matches and was also counted as equal strength team but Bangladesh played with full dominance throughout 90 minutes times and created plenty of scoring chances, though could utilized only two.

Though the match was started with huge tense whether Bangladesh would be able to play with their domination but the host girls took only six minutes to make threat with going closer to take lead.

It was a beautiful build up down the left side when Ritu Porna made a low cross inside the danger area but neither Sajeda nor Touhura despite ran faster than their markers  could not reach the ball.

The host girls grabbed the match control within short time to turn it into a one way traffic, as most of the 90 minutes times the match was played inside the Vietnam area when they could (Vietnam) hardly cross the mid line to test the Bangladesh keeper.         

But Bangladesh’s girls despite dominated the possession with displaying pressing football took the full opening 45 minutes to make the breakthrough, as the strikers continued their missing trials from the early stage of the game.

Meanwhile, Australian referee and her compatriot as assistant looked give some controversial decision when some of the off-side calls were very close, as cancelling a goal of Tohura for off-side was seemingly a wrong decision.

However, after a struggling much Bangladesh finally made the breakthrough with Touhura shot past the Vietnamese keeper Dao Thi Kieo Oanh when she failed grip a Ankhi cross perfectly on 45th minute (1-0).

After taking the 1-0 lead, Bangladesh continued their pressure but could not break the Vietnam defense formed with at least eight players constantly kept the forwards under marks.

When the anxiety was increasing among all Ankhi Khatun finally sealed the victory with scoring the second on 63rd minute.

This time from a pin-pointed corner from captain Maria Manda inside the area, the first attempt of Ankhi was returned hitting the side post and second attempt went into the net (2-0).

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