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Bangladesh look to finish on high

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 14 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh look to finish on high
Bangladesh booters are seen taking part in a practice session at PKNS Sports Ground in Malaysia on Monday, ahead of their last Group E match of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against the hosts at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today. –BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh national football team will be looking to finish their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign on a high note when they take on the hosts Malaysia during their last Group E match at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur today.

The match is scheduled to start at 07:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on T Sports.

Bangladesh booters exhibited decent performances during their opening two matches against Bahrain and Turkmenistan respectively but they failed to win any of the contests in the end.

The men in red and green suffered a 0-2 goals defeat to Bahrain in their opening match on June 8 before they lost to Turkmenistan by 1-2 goals.

Bangladesh are already out of contention for reaching the next qualifying stage of the Asian Cup after losing back-to-back matches but Bangladesh head coach Javier Cabrera said it was important for his players to be mentally fresh as they bid to end their campaign on a high.

“We need to improve and work on the things that we need to improve to remain competitive. We are looking forward to the challenge,” said Cabrera in a press conference on Monday.

Malaysia, who are currently ranked second in the four-team group with three points, still have a chance to progress to the next round but they need a big win against Bangladesh in the last month and will hope that the other match result comes in their favour.

The table leaders Bahrain (six points) will take on Turkmenistan (three points) in the day’s first match at the same venue at 03:15pm.

“This is not the end. We must keep our heads up and be proud of the progress we’ve made. We have something to give to the passionate fans. Now’s the time for us to stay united, get stronger and move forward,” Malaysian head coach Kim Pan-gon said.

Bangladesh previously played a total of nine international matches against Malaysia where they could win only one and draw two while losing the remaining six matches.

Bangladesh earned their lone victory over Malaysia in Asian Games in 1982 when they beat them by 2-1 goals while the last two matches between the two sides ended in stalemate (1-1 and 0-0) respectively in 2012 and 2015.