United Arab Emirates were eliminated from the group stage of the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup when they lost to Kyrgyzstan 1-2 in their second and final Group B match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
With UAE’s back-to-back defeats, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Bangladesh confirmed their semi-final berths in the six-nation tournament. Earlier on Monday, UAE lost 0-2 against Bangladesh in their first match.
Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh will now play in the group champions deciding match at the same venue on Friday.
Forward Boronbekova Aizhan and midfielder Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu scored one goal each for Kyrgyzstan while midfielder Shahd Khaled Al Zarkan reduced the gap for UAE by scoring one goal.
Aizhan gave Kyrgyzstan the lead in the sixth minute of the match when her right-footed corner kick from left side directly entered into the far post.
Kenzhebubu doubled the lead in the 18th minute by heading home a corner of Aizhan from the right
Al Zarkan reduced the gap for UAE in the 37th minute by converting a penalty.
UAE had a chance to level the margin in the 70th minute but forward Sendya Gharib Al Mazroubei’s shot from the penalty spot went over the crosspiece.
Kyrgyzstan were reduced to 10 players in the 83rd minute when Aizhan received a straight marching order.
Aizhan fouled UAE midfielder Shahd Khaled Al Zarkan and the referee Wang Chen of Chinese Taipei did not hesitate to show Aizhan the red card.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Football Federation on Wednesday deferred the schedule of the final of the tournament from May 3 to 4 due to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s availability as the chief guest.
‘The date of the final has been deferred for a day as the prime minister’s office on Wednesday informed BFF that the PM would be available on May 4,’ said Bangladesh Football Federation general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag on Wednesday.
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