Bangladesh kick off AFC U-20 campaign in style

ผู้เขียน: เวลา:2023-03-13

Bangladeshs bid to qualify for the next round of the AFC U-20 Womens Asian Cup Qualifiers kicked off with a convincing 4-0 win over Turkmenistan in a Group H encounter at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Friday.

Aklima Khatun and Swapna Rani struck a brace each against the Central Asian nation, who ended up being eliminated from the tournament with consecutive defeats, including a 1-7 drubbing at the hands of Iran in their opening fixture.

The women in red and green had to be patient as they broke the deadlock in the stoppage time of the first half, courtesy of Aklima, who found the net from a scramble inside the box.

The Turkmenistan players claimed handball when Aklima controlled the ball inside the box but Syrian referee Alessar Baddour did not respond to their claim.

After the resumption, Aklima doubled the lead in the 71st minute with a close-range side volley on a well-driven cross from Eity Khatun, who then whipped another one from the right flank for midfielder Swapna Rani to head home in the 80th minute. Swapna saw her goal-bound drive from the outside the box hit the back of Turkmenistans net via a deflection from opponent defender Kurbanova Pervana.

Bangladesh will take on Iran on Sunday and they would need nothing less than a victory if they are to secure a spot in the next round, a phase that no Bangladesh womens team barring the U-16 side could cement before.

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