High-flying Bangladesh suffered their first defeat in the 3rd match of the five-nation SAFF U-18 Championship losing to Nepal by 1-2 goals at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan Monday evening.
The match was locked 1-1 goal in the first half.
After the day’s matches, four teams-India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan-secured six points each from three matches. The Maldives were eliminated from the meet losing all the four matches. India beat the Maldives by 2-1 goals in the day’s other match at the same venue.
In the day’s match, Abishek Rijal and Roman Limbu scored for the Himalayan nation, Nepal, one in each half, while Mohammad Al Amin netted the lone goal for Bangladesh in the first half.
Abishek Rijal put Nepal ahead in the 22nd minute by a spectacular angular header from goal mouth melee, capitalising on a left cross of his team mate (1-0).
Al Amin leveled the margin for Bangladesh in the 30th minute by a rebound header from close while a free kick of his team mate came way hitting the cross bar (1-1).
Roman Limbu scored the match winners for Nepal in the 80th minute by a direct free kick from about 40 meters (2-1), to the frustration of Bangladesh tent.
Bishwanath Ghosh of Bangladesh got marching order in the 83rd minute after receiving 2nd yellow card in the match.
Coming from 0-3 goals behind, Bangladesh made a flying start in the tournament beating their giant neighbour India by 4-3 goals scoring four goals in row in the 2nd half and consolidated their position further beating all-loser the Maldives by 2-0 goals in the 2nd match.
Jafar Iqbal of Bangladesh was the leading scorer in the meet scoring three goals in two matches-two against India and one against the Maldives.
In the remaining match, Bangladesh will play hosts Bhutan on Wednesday (Sept 27) at the same venue.
On completion of the league basis matches, the top team of the five-nation meet will be the champions.