POST TIME: 7 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
SAFF Suzuki Cup
Bangladesh overpower Pakistan by 1
Sports Reporter

Pakistan by 1

Pakistan midfielder Abdullah Nasir Qazi leaps into air to clear a high ball before Bangladesh forward Biplu Ahmed can get it during their SAFF Suzuki Cup match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. Hosts overwhelm the guest by 1-0. BFF Photo

A late hour strike from Tapu Barman steered Bangladesh to grab an important victory overwhelming Pakistan by a solitary goal yesterday in the Suzuki SAFF Cup Football Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. By the winning the match Bangladesh amassed full six points from two group matches to brighten their chance to move into semifinal. Nepal and Pakistan are also in race to make their room in the semifinal as all the teams have one group match each to play.

If Nepal and Pakistan end up scoring six points each at the end of their group encounters, goal-difference and head-to-head will be counted to decide the two semifinalists.         

Aiming to keep up the chance of semifinal with winning the match, both sides looked cautious to insert offensive approach at the initial hour though Bangladesh gradually turned up to attacking mood and Pakistan just went to their usual method of counter attack strategy.  

However, there was only important move in the first half, which was great threat for Bangladesh when forward of Pakistan Muhammad Ali made an effort from outside the post and Bangladesh keeper Shahidul Alam Sohel gripped the ball just at the last moment on ninth minute.

Rest of the first half Bangladesh, though played with holding the ball under their control with enjoying the maximum possession, could not make any real chance with taking shot to target, as Pakistan defence with some skilled and tall players dealt with successfully to deny a series of well-built attacks.

After the goalless first half, the second half was also going in same fashion, as Bangladesh was playing with domination over the game. When Pakistan dropped their guard to create a chance and this time also Mohammad Ali powered his right footer taking over the defender Tutul Hossain Badshah and again Shahidul Alam saved it at the cost of a corner.

Bangladesh put Mahbubur Rahman Sufil in position to score but he failed to succeed against the physically tough Pakistani defenders.  Things have finally changed as the hosts kept up showing the characters of coordinated attack and remained in offensive mood.  The hosts produced the first one on 80th minute when the long throw-in specialist Bishawjit spotted the ball just in front of goal line but Tapu squandered the opportunity when he took a sky-high shot from the goal line.

Tapu again joined the forwards inside the area and it was another long-throw-in from Bishawnath which found Tapu in the right place and this time he did not miss to slam home his close range header for the all important goal in the match on 85th minute (1-0).  Bangladesh left the ground with deserving win to make their chance brighter to move into the semifinal.