Skipper Sabina Khatun slammed a brilliant hat-trick as Bangladesh women’s national football team moved to the top of Group A of SAFF Women’s Championship with a 6-0 thrashing of Pakistan in their second match at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday.
With the day’s victory, the girls in red and green have gone in pole position of Group A with six points from two games and one more step ahead on the way to the semifinal, following their 3-0 victory over the Maldives in their group opening match.
India earlier beat Pakistan by 3-0 goals in their group opening match.
Pakistan went on attack early in the very first minute when Julficar Nazi, after taking the ball from midfield with her solo effort, took a close-range shot, but Bangladesh custodian Rupna Chakma brilliantly foiled the attempt.
Bangladesh, however, had to wait a few minutes to take the lead. Monika Chakma scored the first goal for Bangladesh in the 3rd minute of the game with a powerful shot before Sabina did the spadework from the right flank.
Bangladesh again came close to scoring in the 11th minute as Sirat Jahan Swapna’s powerful shot from the vantage position sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
Although Bangladesh took control of the match, they had to wait till 28 minutes to get the second goal. Following a combined attack, Maria Manda gave a pass to Sabina and the captain gave the ball to Swapna who made no mistake to double the lead with a perfect placing shot. Sabina scored the third goal for Bangladesh in the 31st minute with a gentle tap from inside the danger zone off a pass from Monika Chakma and she further widened the margin from close range with her second attempt off a cross from Sanjida Akter in the 35th minute.
Bangladesh, which were put in group A along with India, Pakistan and the Maldives, will face India in their third and last group match on September 13.
After the group phase matches, the top two teams from each group will play the cross semifinals on September 16 while the final of the tournament is slated for September 19. All the matches will be played at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.