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Bangladesh girls clinch SAFF U-16 football championship

Published : 11 Mar 2024 12:44 AM

Bangladesh goalkeeper Yearzan Begum denied three shots of tiebreaker of Indian defender Linda, as Bangladesh girls finally finished it on high with triumphing SAFF Under-16 Football Championship defeating India by 3-2 in penalty shot out on Sunday.

Held at the ANFA Sports Complex, Lalitpur, Nepal, after a nerve-wrecking 1-1 draw of the 90- minute game, the result was decided in tie-breaker with Bangladesh converting three and India could netted two goals.

The tie-breaker episode was also a pulsating one when Bangladesh goalkeeper, saved three shots and Indian keeper also denied one and forward Suarovi Akter’s shot hit the side post.

Bangladesh keeper Yearzan begum blocked the shots of Indian Alina Devi, Linda and Bomilina to receive the best goalkeeper award.  

However, the high-voltage final between Bangladesh and India started with an early excitement when India scored in the fourth minute with Anushka making the early breakthrough.

But Bangladesh girls worked hard for a long to bounce back and made it successful in the 70th minute with an equalizer from Yearzan Begum.

Both the sides onset with a high intensity to take the match control right from the first whistle and India drew the first blood with taking lead on the very fourth minute. 

From a counter attack, Indian forward Anushka earned the ball possession taking the advantage of silly mistakes of Bangladesh defenders.

Anishka after receiving the long ball just dribbled past her markers before to beat Bangladesh keeper Yearzan Begum placing the ball into net (1-0).

Conceding the early goal, Bangladesh became desperate to appear with their real characters but this time they looked a beat disorganized and India took the advantage to put Bangladesh under pressure.

However, Bangladesh gradually returned to their usual approach, though making some wrong passes but controlled the possessions for maximum times and also went closer to equalise the margin before going for break. 

It was 43rd minute, Bangladesh built up an attack through left wing and earned a free kick but specialist Fatema Akter’s shot was saved at the cost of a corner. 

Fatema again took the corner kick and this time Indian goalkeeper saved it a head of Bangladesh forward from goal-mouth melee.

Bangladesh went to break with trailing by 0-1 and continued their endeavor with producing strong attacks and put India under tremendous pressure.

Finally Bangladesh girls levelled the margin to pave the way to win the title when Marium Binte Anna made superb finished with a half volley of Ananna Murmu Bithi’s corner.

It was 70th minute of the game was going on and Bangladesh fabricated a strong attack through the midway and earned free kick. But a long range free kick of Alpi Khatun was saved by Indian keeper at the cost of a corner.

This time Anna Murmu’s pinpointed corner found Marium Binte Anna inside the area, when none of the defenders or the Indian goalkeeper Suraj Devi was able to clear it. Defender Mamrium, who overlapped and rushed into the box, got the ball straight from corner and kept her cool to send the ball into top corner of the net with a gentle header (1-1).  

Bangladesh girls got the life-line and finally ended the stipulated 90-minute on 1-1 all.

In the tie-breaker, Marium Hanna, Thuinui Marma and Sathi Munda converted their shot when Sauravi Akter and Arifa Akand failed to score.

Bangladesh Keeper Yearzan Bagum denied three off five spot kick of tie-breaker to bring the great occasion of winning the title of the SAFF Under-16 Women’s football Championship.