U-23 boys secure draw in second practice match

Sports Desk

20th March, 2019 10:10:52 printer

The Bangladesh U-23 National Football Team came from behind to registered a 1-1 goal draw against Qatar’s Al Arabi Sports Club in the second and last practice match at the club’s home ground Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday late evening.

After trailing 1-0, the Red and Greens came back strongly in the second half to earn a creditable draw. Earlier Bangladesh conceded a goal after an uncalled-for mistake at the back allowed the Qataris a gifted penalty in the first half.

The young Bangladesh side played an open and forthright game right from the kick-off and created some good chances.

Al Arabi skipper Hassan Dad stepped up to take the spot-kick and drew first blood for his team in the 37th minute.

Bangladesh were trailing Al Arabi at the break but that was soon to change.

When the game resumed, Bangladesh amped up their attack even more and it soon paid dividends.

Substitute Rocky netted for Bangladesh to draw level with the Qatar outfit in the 61st minute.

Bangladesh continued to tighten the screw on the Al Arabi defence but the men in red failed to take lead in the remaining proceeding.

Bangladesh Youth team have been training in Qatar ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers beginning in Bahrain on March 22.

Touring Bangladesh team came to limelight beating Al Shahania Club of Qatar by 1-0 goal in their first practice match last Friday by the goal scored by Ashraful Islam after beating hosts Cambodia, also by 1-0 in the FIFA International Friendly in Phnom Penh recently.

Bangladesh team schedule to fly for Bahrain on Wednesday to play the Group B matches of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.

Bangladesh, which were placed in the four-team AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers along with hosts Bahrain, Palestine and Sri Lanka, will play hosts Bahrain in the opening match on March 22, Palestine on March 24 and Sri Lanka on March 26.