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Bangladesh, Pakistan eye a tough battle today
Nepal to take on Bhutan in first match
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Bangladesh, Pakistan eye a tough battle today

Bangladesh footballers have an indoor practice session at Kamalapur Stadium in the capital yesterday ahead of their SAFF Suzuki Championship match with Pakistan today. BFF Photo

Bangladesh and Pakistan are going to take each other today after five years when they will encounter in a group stage match of SAFF Suzuki Championship at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital. The match will kick-off at 7pm. Nepal will take on Bhutan in the first match of the day at 4pm.

In their last meeting was in Nepal in 2013 SAFF Championship, Bangladesh conceded a 2-1 defeat  and in Dhaka they met in 2011 in the World Cup qualifying round match and that time  Bangladesh won by 3-0.

However, about today’s match, both the coaches of Bangladesh and Pakistan take each other as tough team and the match will be a great challenge for them when they will face each other in their second group leg match in the Suzuki SAFF Cup Football Championship.

Bangladesh coach Jamie Day is very much cautious about Pakistan match when talking to the reporters yesterday at the hotel said, “As an opponent Pakistan will be very tough team, physically and technically also they very sound.”

Jamie rated Pakistan as the best team in the Group B –“Pakistan are the most favourites in our group, they play with different technique, though they played their first match with defensive and counter attack strategy but it may not happen in every match. They can change their strategy, as after Nepal equaling the match transform their technique and lift the victory with the last moment pressure.”

“Moreover, in the first match of any tournament every team play with cautiously, so might be it looked that Pakistan are defensive side but they put the opponents into immense pressure with tricky counter attacks are very danger and during another match they may appear with different plans and technique.”

“I think it would be very tough match for us, Pakistan have some of defenders who play in Europe they are physically and technically very sharp.”

Meanwhile, Emon Ahmed Babu, midfielder when talking to the reporters said, “Coach Jamie didn’t brief us much about the match with Pakistan match but he talked to us and briefed the picture of Pakistan team, as he said that we want to go forward match by match.”

Emon also said that coach told them that there is nothing of complacency of winning the match against Bhutan – We did not celebrate the victory against Bhutan, as coach said us there nothing complacency winning the match as there are two tough group matches ahead of and we would have to focus on those matches.”

Till now Bangladesh played with Pakistan for 17 times in different competitions with Bangladesh winning seven times and Pakistan five times while rest of the matches were drawn. The biggest margin win for Bangladesh was 4-0 in the SAFF Championship and Pakistan 2-1.

Pakistan coach Jose Antonio said that for both sides the team is must win situation to clinch a spot in the semifinal –“It is a must win match for both for Bangladesh and Pakistan to qualify in the semifinal.”

Bangladesh is very tough opponents, the match not be easy for us, but the last moment goal in the previous match against Bhutan is very inspiring.”

The Brazilian coach kept Bangladesh ahead of them – “Bangladesh is ahead of us, will at home ground, their technique is good, we will have to face a strong challenge, said Jose Nation.