Bangladesh interim coach Mario Lemos blamed his players’ lack of concentration for their failure in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament.
“It is the lack of concentration. The same thing happened in the match with Seychelles. We were watching and waiting for the game to finish, but Sri Lanka tried hard until the last minute. If you have lack of concentration, you must deserve to lose,” said Lemos to the reporters on Wednesday.
Bangladesh dream for four nations final was shattered after their 1-2 goal defeat to the hosts Sri Lanka in their crucial match at Race Course International Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday night.
The men in red and green, which had four points, were needed a draw to qualify for the final. However, Sri Lanka also earned the same four points with the day’s victory. Both teams had the same 4 points and goal difference (0), but the hosts advanced to the finals due to having a better goal-scoring number (6).
However, the hosts on Friday will play the final against Seychelles who earlier confirmed the final eliminating Maldives after playing to a goalless draw in the day’s first match at the same venue.
In the day’s match, Sri Lanka forward Ahmed Waseem Razeek took the 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Bangladesh got chance to equalize the margin while they were awarded by a penalty just after few minutes, but Tapu Barman wasted the chance.
Bangladesh failed to put pressure on 10-man Sri Lanka throughout the match. Finally, substitute Jewel Rana restored the parity for Bangladesh in the 71st minute, but Bangladesh’s another substitute Saad Uddin made a blunder inside the box while a bicycle shot from a Sri Lankan forward touched his hand.
Meanwhile, the team will return Dhaka with empty handed on Thursday.