Bangladesh through to final of the six-nation first SAFF Under 18 Women's Championship by routing hosts Bhutan 4-0 goals in the second semifinal at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Friday (Oct 5). Bangladesh will play the final of the maiden edition championship against Nepal at the same venue on Sunday (Oct 7).
Bangladesh U18 national women’s football team continued their brilliant performance to reach the final of the SAFF U18 Women’s Championship in style by beating host Bhutan by 4-0 in the second semifinal on Friday at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, local media reports said.
Bangladesh will face Nepal for the title race after the third place deciding match between India and Bhutan on Sunday (Oct 8) at the same venue.
Sanjida Akter put Bangladesh ahead early in the second minute while Mishrat Jahan Moushumi doubled the lead in the injury time of the first half.
After the break, Krishna Rani Saker scored the third goal for Bangladesh in the 60th minute. Shamsunnahar sealed the victory scoring the fourth goal for the women in red and green in the 86th minute from a penalty.
Meanwhile, in the first semifinal, held at the same venue, Nepal beat India by 3-1 on penalties to enter the final. Both teams played 1-1 draw in regulation as well as extra time before inviting a spot kick battle.
Nepal goalie Anjana Rana Magar played a fantastic game as he blocked three spot kicks and even scored one to lead Nepal to a memorable victory.
Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mossammat Sirat Jahan double hat-tricks with seven goals, crushed Pakistan by 17-0 in their group opening match and inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Nepal to emerge group top in their second group match.
On the other hand, Bhutan suffered a 0-4 goals defeat to India in their group opening match, but bounced back in the tournament with a crushing 13-0 goals victory over the Maldives to finish group A runners up.
Bangladesh U18 squad
Mahmuda Akter, Rupa Chakma, Ruksana Begum, Masura Parvin, Sheuli Azim, Mossammat Akhi Khatun, Sajada Khatun, Shamsunnahar, Anai Mogini, Nazma, Ritu Porna Chakma, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Maria Manda, Mosammat Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Mosammat Ishrat Jahan Ratna, Monika Chakma, Marzia, Sanjida Akhter, Tohura Khatun, Mosammat Sirat Jahan Shopna, Srimoti Krashnarani Sarkar, Mosammat Razia Khatun and Anuching Mogini.