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FIFA Tier-1 Women’s International Football

Bangladesh script history crushing Malaysia

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh script history crushing Malaysia
Players of Bangladesh national women’s football team celebrate after scoring a goal against Malaysia during the opening match of a two-match FIFA Tier-1 Friendly Series at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday. — BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh women’s national football team scripted history after crushing higher-ranked Malaysia national women’s team by 6-0 goals in the first match of the two-match series of FIFA Tier-1 Women’s International Football at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday.

Bangladesh, who were for the first time hosting the top-tier FIFA friendlies at home, took a 1-0 lead against their counterparts Malaysia in the bilateral series after the day’s historic win.

In the latest FIFA ranking in March, Bangladesh are in the 145th while Malaysia are in the 85th. However, the team took sweet revenge on Malaysia who earlier beat them by 2-1 goals in an international match in 2017 in Singapore.

Bangladeshi women’s massive 6-0 victory also partially compensated for the Bangladesh men's team’s humiliating 1-4 goals defeat to Malaysia men team in their last group match of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers (third round) earlier this month.

“We played as per the plan. We did a lot of hard work on our mistakes in practice. No doubt, they have improved a lot. The good thing is they played a full 90-minute, it was also our achievement,” Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton said after the day’s match. 

Defender Akhi Khatun scored two goals in the 9th and 30th minutes while captain Sabina Khatun, forward Sirat Jahan Shopna, midfielder Monika Chakma and forward Krishna Rani Sarkar contributed one each in the 26th, 45th, 67th and 74th minutes respectively for the home side.

Bangladesh created their first chance in the first minute of the match with a counter-attack. In the next few minutes, the hosts continued their pressure on opponents which gifted them three corner kicks within 8-minute.

The home side got the first breakthrough from the third corner kick. Akhi netted the ball from goalmouth melee off a corner from Maria (1-0).

Captain Sabina, who earlier missed a very close chance in the 3rd minute, made it 2-0 for Bangladesh with a right-footer, off a cross from Sirat in the 26th minute.

After four minutes, Akhi handed over a 3-0 lead to the hosts scoring her second goal with a quick tough inside the box utilizing a cross from Sabina.

Bangladesh sealed the fate of the match extending the margin to 4-0 at the end of the first half. This time, Sirat sent the ball home, off a pass from captain Sabina in the 45th minute.

Malaysia’s misery continued when they conceded two more goals in the second half. In the middle of this half, Monika and Krishna scored one each within a span of 8-minute.

Monika scored with a right-footer from the third attempt as Malaysian defenders denied the first two attempts (5-0). Krishna scored the last goal for Bangladesh with a header, off a cross from substitute midfielder Ritu Porna (6-0).  

However, Bangladesh maintained their domination throughout the match and gave no chances to their upper-ranked opponents to ruin their clean sheet until the final whistle.

Bangladesh appeared with their best playing eleven – goalkeeper Rupna; four defenders – Sheuli, Akhi, Shamsunnahar (S), Masura; three midfielders – Monika, Maria, Sanjida and three forwards – Krishna, Sirat and Sabina. 

The match recorded another history as the country’s first female FIFA referee Jaya Chakma has officiated a top-tier FIFA friendly for the first time.

However, Bangladesh women dedicated their victory to the flood victims in Sylhet. Also, Bangladesh Football Federation announced to donate the ticket revenue from the two-match series of FIFA Tier-1 Women’s International Football between Bangladesh and Malaysia to the flood victims.

BFF targeted to sell 10,000 gallery tickets of the series. The price costs Tk 50 for each ticket. The second match will take place on Sunday at the same venue.