SAFF U-15 Championship

Bangladesh crushed to defeat by Nepal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 28,2019 | Updated: 11:46, Aug 28,2019


Bangladesh midfielder Badsha Mia (R) fights for the ball with two Nepalese players during their SAFF Under-15 Championship match at the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata, India on Tuesday.— BFF photo

Defending champions Bangladesh’s place in the final of the sixth SAFF Under-15 Championship was thrown into jeopardy when they lost 1-4 against Nepal in their third match at the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata, India on Tuesday.

Super-sub Krishna Adhikari Yadva scored a brace while another forward Sugam Jimee and midfielder Pradip Lasmal scored one goal apiece for the winners.

Substitute midfielder Badsha Mia scored the lone goal for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh now must win their August 29 match against India to keep their hopes alive for a place in the August 31 final.  On the same day, Nepal will face already eliminated Bhutan in the other match.    

After Tuesday matches, the top-three teams India, Bangladesh and Nepal all have their chances for a spot in the final.

India are leading the table with nine points from three matches while Bangladesh and Nepal have identical six points but Bangladesh were in second position by virtue of better goal difference.

Yada, who replaced Sasank Bohra in the in the 37th minute, gave his team the lead with a right-footed drive from inside the box in the added minutes of the first half.

Jimee doubled the margin in the 52nd minute before Badsha, who replaced Emon Babu in the 24th minute, pulled one goal back for Bangladesh in the 79th minute.

Pradip made it 3-1 in the 84th before Yadva completed the rout by scoring his second in the 88th minute and keep Nepal’s hope alive for a place in final.

Bangladesh started their campaign with 5-2 win against Bhutan before thrashing Sri Lanka by 7-1 in their second match.

Nepal began their campaign with a 0-5 loss against India before beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in the second game.  

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