Bangladesh girls suffered a humiliating 0-9 defeat against three-time champions Japan in their Group A second match of the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship 2019 at the IPE Chonburi Stadium in Thailand on Wednesday.
Forwards Momoko Nebu (43rd and 51st minutes), Maika Hamano (6th and 23rd minutes) and midfielder Ririka Tanno (60th and 61st minutes) all scored a brace while defender Mnaka Hayashi (third minute), captain Moe Ota (17th minute) and substitute defender Kyono Hiranaka (49th minute) scored one goal each for the winners.
This was Japan’s first win in the tournament after their goalless draw against Australia in the first match while Bangladesh began their campaign with a 0-1 loss against hosts Thailand.
Japan started the game aggressively with quick movements and short passing and took 5-0 lead at the half-time.
Japan’s domination in the game was clear as they took 25 shots in goal compared to Bangladesh’s nine shots.
This was the biggest defeat for Bangladesh in the tournament after they were thrashed by North Korea by the same margin in the last edition in 2017.
In the last edition, Bangladesh lost to Japan by 0-3 goals. Bangladesh take on Australia in their next match on September 21.
Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbahi Choton believed that conceding early goals was the reason behind their big loss.
‘Yes, it is very tough to win against a strong team like Japan but what happened today was the consequences of conceding early goals,’ said Chotan at the post-match press conference.
Bangladesh are pitted in four-team Group A alongside hosts Thailand, Japan and Australia while Group B comprises of defending champions North Korea, runners-up South Korea, China and Vietnam.
Champions and runners-up teams of the tournament will represent Asia alongside hosts India in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.
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