Lebanon no match for Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 20,2018 | Updated: 00:01, Sep 20,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi girls celebrate one of their eight goals against Lebanon during their AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers match at the Kamalapur stadium on Wednesday.— Ali Hossain Mintu

Bangladesh Under-16 women’s football team picked up their second successive win of the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers when they thrashed Lebanon 8-0 at the Kamalapur stadium on Wednesday.
With the win, the hosts have also moved into the top of the Group F points table with six points from two matches.
Tahura Khatun, Sajeda Khatun and Samsunnahar Jr each scored a brace while Anai Mogini and Rojina Akter netted one goal each for the winners.
Before the match Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Choton warned his charges of Lebanon, who won their first two matches against UAE and Bahrain by big margins.
But when it came to business, the Lebanese girls failed to offer any challenge to the home team, who seemed better in every aspect.
Bangladesh, who began their campaign with a massive 10-0 win over Bahrain, pressed hard from the very first minute.
Forward Sajeda, who was given the opportunity to start in place of regular striker Anuching Mogini, gave hosts the lead in the 14th minute with a placing shot following a pass from Monika Chakma.
Tahura doubled the lead six minutes later when her shot from the goal mouth melee deflected off Lebanon keeper Sinal Breiche before crossing the goal-line.
Tahura made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute when her curling effort following a long cross from Akhi Khatun went into the net past Lebanon keeper.
Anai Mogini scored a spectacular goal three minutes later when she slotted the ball home from the far corner of the box.
Sajeda bagged her second of the match in the 40th minute with a placing shot following a neat long ball from Akhi.
Bangladesh coach praised his charges for their attacking display against Lebanon.
‘In the first match we wanted to score as much as possible against Bahrain but in this match we just wanted to ensure full three points,’ Choton said.
‘But the girls presented us a huge win which I think would help us in future.’

The home side came out stronger in the second half in search of more goals.
Samsunnahar Jr scored Bangladesh’s fifth goal in the 47th minute after finding a miss-pass from an opponent defender.
Samsunnahar extended the lead in the 63rd minute when her side-volley from the middle of the box following a cross from Sultana found the back of the net.
Substitute forward Rojina Akhter completed the rout in the 75th minute with another placing shot.
Bangladesh will face United Arab Emirates in their third match on Friday.
In the second match of the day, Vietnam thrashed Bahrain by 14-0 goals at the same venue.

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