Bangladesh girls win U-18 SAAF football championship  

Published: October 07, 2018 21:24:40 | Updated: October 11, 2018 13:37:49

Bangladesh U-18 women’s team have edged Nepal a 1-0 defeat in the final to become unbeaten champions of the first edition of the SAFF tournament in Bhutan.

Defender Masura Parvin scored the winner at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Sunday.

Forward Sirat Jahan Shopna returned to the squad after being rested in the 4-0 win over the hosts in the semifinal for injury, but Bangladesh failed to play their natural game in the first half.

They could not attack from the midfield as they kept making passing errors.

Strikers Shopna and Krishna Rani Sarker could not test the Nepalese goalkeeper.

Maria Manda’s long range shot also found the gloves by the end of the first half.

A running Masura broke the deadlock with a header in the 49th minute from Mishrat Jahan Mousumi’s free kick awarded for a foul on Shopna.

Nepal, who stunned India in penalty shootouts in the semifinal, had a chance to equalise two minutes later, but they were denied by the post, according to a bdnews24 report.

Bangladesh could not extend the lead either, but defended the slim lead in the rest of the match to erupt in ecstatic celebrations after the final whistle.

The champions scored 24 goals and conceded only one in the tournament. Shopna is the highest scorer of the tournament with eight goals.

On the way to the final, Golam Rabbani Chhoton’s team started with a 17-0 rout of Pakistan and then defeated Nepal 2-1 to become the group champions.

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