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Bangladesh face Turkmenistan in ‘do or die’ contest

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 11 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh face Turkmenistan in ‘do or die’ contest
Bangladesh goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico (centre) jumps in the air during a training session in Malaysia on Friday. Bangladesh will play their second Group E match of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Turkmenistan today. –BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh will face Turkmenistan in their second Group E match of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today.

The match is scheduled to start at 03:15pm and will be telecast live on T Sports.

The match will be a ‘do or die’ contest for both the sides after they lost their opening matches against Bahrain and hosts Malaysia respectively.

Bangladesh suffered a 0-2 goals defeat to Bahrain on Wednesday while Turkmenistan conceded a 1-3 goals defeat to Malaysia on the same day.

The loser of the Bangladesh versus Turkmenistan match will automatically be eliminated from the race of the next round of the qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup.

Currently, Bahrain and Malaysia share the top slot with three points each and they will meet in the day’s other contest.

Ahead of the match against Turkmenistan, Bangladesh head coach Javier Cabrera said that their main objective would be playing a competitive game of football.

“We always want to win but again the main objective is to be competitive. We have been very competitive in our last two games and the goal is to keep that,” he told reporters on Friday.

“If we can be able to keep that line of discipline, of game ideas and I’m convinced that we are gonna have chances tomorrow (Saturday).

“We’ve analyzed Turkmenistan during their match against Malaysia. They are very strong in terms of FIFA rankings. They are 55-position ahead of us.

“I think they had some problems at the beginning against Malaysia. Turkmenistan have many experienced players and they’re also physically strong and it’s a big challenge for us,” he added.

Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan felt that they needed to score goals to win the match.

Bangladesh failed to score any goal during their previous two matches held this month and it remained a matter of concern ahead of the match.

“We can’t just win by saying it. We have to have courage and confidence. By doing these things, I think we have a good chance. We haven’t scored for a while, we have to score a goal in the match,” he said.

The men in red and green played only one match against Turkmenistan before and they lost the game by a 1-3 margin in the Asian Games in 2002.

Turkmenistan coach Yazguly Hojageldyyew said that they’re not taking Bangladesh lightly in the contest.

“The match against Bangladesh is very important for us. In the last match we made some easy mistakes, but tomorrow we will play for better results,” he said.

“We don’t have a lot of information about Bangladesh, but at this stage I mean in the three match-format, anyone could be dangerous. So, I don’t think we should take them easy,” he added.