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20 January, 2020 02:54:15 AM

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Spirited Bangladesh outfox Sri Lanka

Hosts book third semifinal berth
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Spirited Bangladesh outfox Sri Lanka
Bangladesh’s Ibrahim (No 16) on his way to score third goal against Sri Lanka in their Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament at Bangabandhu National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BFF Photo

Matin Meah struck twice as Bangladesh stormed into the semifinal of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football tournament defeating Sri Lanka by 3-0 yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital.

Matin Meah opened the scoring inside 20 minutes and doubled the advantage midway of second half and Ibrahim sealed the victory at late hour.     

Bangladesh in their do or die match began with playing pressing game and earned corner in the very fourth minute but could not make any threat.

Bangladesh played in absence of their four starting lineup with defender Yasin Khan, Rayhan Hassan, captain Jamal Bhuiyan and playmaker Mamunul Islam but their substitutes did the job well. Though the defense of Bangladesh looked a bit disorganised and Sri Lankan forwards threatened very often breaking the defense wall.

Continuing the pressure Bangladesh created chance to take lead on 11th minute but Saad Uddin, who was very swift to rush inside the area could not read the flight of a floating cross off Ibrahim from right side with the former  failed to volley or head the ball.

Bangladesh grabbed the deserved lead on 18th minute with Matin Meah finished on a constant attacks. It was a quick build up through the right wing and a combination of Saad and debutant Manik Mollah and Matin receiving the ball from outside the area entered into area after two steps and powered into the far post (1-0).

The lead of Bangladesh would have been double three minutes later but Ibrahim looked selfish to score himself and shot the ball straight to goalkeeper but to cross for advancing Matin Meah in an open space inside the area.

The hosts again went closer to double their first half lead on 26th minute but Matin and Shufil failed to capitalize defenders lapse when two off Sri Lankan defenders were confused to clear the ball. But none of the Bangladesh forwards, neither Matin nor Shufil could take the ball possession to shot into post.

After taking a slim lead Bangladesh went into break and right inside three minutes saw a real threat with Razeek Waseem the best player of Sri Lankan side so far was about to score goal when he snatched the ball from defender Tapu Barman.

Bangladesh surviving from the great threat got back their tempo and stayed up to final whistle and added two more goals missing at another three to four opportunities.

However, Bangladesh struggled for long 50 minutes to double their advantage when  Sohel Rana, Ibrahim and Shufil could not found the mark from a chance came to their ways.

Specially, Sohel Rana spoiled the golden opportunity on 53rd minute when the forward after leaving past some of the defenders opened the space and found Sri Lankan goalkeeper on one and one situation but shot the ball inches over the post as Ibrahim also took same effort twice having the keeper alone.

Bangladesh finally doubled their tally on 65th minute with Matin Meah scored his second in style when the boy from Sylhet receiving a ball inside their area with a sprint dribbled outclassed defender and went into the box and found goalkeeper and dribbled him before finding the net (2-0).

Ibrahim finally found the net from a handshake distance on 83rd minute when substitute Rakib released a cross for him (3-0).

Bangladesh coach Jamie Day was happy with the performance of the players “I am happy with the performance. We were suffering from scoring problem Matin Meah did good job. Without some key players, boys execute our ne w techniques.”

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