Bangladesh U-23 team will play Asian giant Qatar in their 3rd and last Group B match of the 18th Asian Games Men's Football on Sunday at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, eastern part of Jakarta, with a hope to make a 2nd round berth, reports UNB.
The match will kick off 6pm Bangladesh time.
In the day's other match, Uzbekistan will face Thailand at the same time.
On completion of two group matches of each team, Uzbekistan clearly dominated the Group B list to reach the 2nd round securing full 6 points with nine plus goals while Thailand followed them with two points with zero goal difference while Bangladesh and Qatar bagged one point each.
But Bangladesh (-3 goals) are enjoying an upper hand advantage with better goal difference than Qatar (-6 goals).
To qualify for the 2nd round of the Asian meet, Bangladesh (FIFA World Ranked 194) need at least a draw against Qatar (FIFA World Ranked 98). They will also have to wait for a 4-0 win for group leader Uzbekistan (FIFA World Ranked 95) against Thailand (FIFA World Ranked 122) on the same day.
If Bangladesh fail to qualify as the group runners-up from Group B after Uzbekistan , they have another outside chance to reach 2nd round of the meet as the best four 3rd teams of six groups.
Ahead of the match against Qatar, Bangladesh made a good practice session in Jakarta on Saturday.
Earlier, Bangladesh team keep their 2nd round hope alive forcing stronger and upper-ranked Thailand U-23 side to play 1-1 draw in their 2nd group match of the Games Men's Football at the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, Bogor in Indonesia on Thursday last.