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Bangladesh storm into SAFF final

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 17 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh storm into SAFF final
Bangladesh national women’s football team players celebrate after beating Bhutan in the semifinal of the ongoing sixth SAFF Women’s Championship at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday. – BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh national women’s football team reached the final of the ongoing sixth SAFF Women’s Championship after crushing Bhutan by 8-0 goals in the final semifinal at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday.

 Captain Sabina Khatun scored a hat-trick while Sirat Jahan Shopna, Krishna Rani Sarker, Ritu Porna Chakma, Masura Parvin and Tahura Khatun netted one goal each for the winning side.

Bangladesh will now face Nepal in the final at the same venue on Sunday.

Riding on a goal by Rashmi, the hosts defeated five-time champions India in the day’s second semifinal.

Bangladesh came in the semifinal having won all three Group A matches.

The women’s team defeated Maldives by 3-0 goals before they beat Pakistan and India by 6-0 and 3-0 goals respectively to move to the semifinal as group champions.         On Friday, Shopna opened the account in the second minute of the game before Sabina, who earlier made a hat-trick against Pakistan in the group stage, scored the team’s second goal in the 18th minute.

 Krishna and Ritu Porna scored two more before halftime as Bangladesh finished the first half taking a 4-0 lead over Bhutan.

 In the second half, Sabina scored her second goal in the 53rd minute before Masura and Tahura scored a goal each in the 56th and 87th minute respectively.

 Sabina completed her hat-trick in the injury time of the second half to take her side final for the first time since 2017.

 The women in red and green earlier reached the final of this prestigious regional competition only once in 2016, but they had to finish runners-up after losing to the hosts and champions India by 1-3 goals in Siliguri.

Bangladesh previously reached the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship only once in 2017 where they had to finish runners-up after losing to India by 1-3 goals in Siliguri, India.

The women in red and green have scored 20 goals so far this year and are yet to concede any goal.