Bangladesh lost 1-0 and 9-0 against Thailand and Japan respectively in two matches while Australia drew with Japan before thrashing the host 6-1
Bangladesh girls will look to end their AFC U-16 Championship campaign on a positive note after already exiting from the competition but their final Group A opponent, Australia, are determined to extend their goal difference in their bid to outrace Japan and become the group champion.
The two sides will take on each other for the second time in successive editions at IPE Chonburi Stadium in Thailand Saturday at 3pm, Bangladesh standard time.
Australia snatched a hard-fought 3-2 win in their previous meeting two years ago.
Bangladesh lost 1-0 and 9-0 against Thailand and Japan respectively in two matches while Australia drew with Japan before thrashing the host 6-1.
Bangladesh girls have seen the early exit door from the @theafcdotcom U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 after conceding a huge 9-0 defeat against three-time champion Japan in their second match of Group A at IPE Chonburi Stadium in Thailand Wednesday.https://t.co/bEkysn0YQp#BFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 18, 2019
After already sealing semi-final berths, the battle between Australia and Japan is now to top the group and avoid the Pool A winner, most likely to be defending champion North Korea, in the last four.
Head coach Golam Rabbani Choton tried to motivate his girls to move on from the massive defeat against Japan.
“In the last edition, our girls suffered a loss to DPR Korea by the same margin, but despite that, our girls played well in the following matches, even when we eventually lost 3-2 to Australia,” Choton was quoted as saying by the AFC.
“Our girls have produced good results to qualify for the finals for a second time, and that is proof of our development. We will tell our girls to forget about the result against Japan and motivate them for the match against Australia,” added Choton.
Bangladesh U-16 women’s football team head coach Golam Rabbani Choton has blamed the fear factor for his charges’ 9-0 defeat at the hands of Japan in their opening Group A match of the @theafcdotcom U-16 Championship in Chonburi, Thailand Wednesday.https://t.co/9CVxJb6AmH#BFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 19, 2019
The Australian head coach Rae Dower however, gave Choton a new reason to worry about his defence.
“It’s hard to be disappointed when you have such a clinical performance, but the amount of goals that we scored (against Thailand) probably wasn’t where it should have been and we’re acutely aware that the goal difference can play a part in the placings and the seedings. That’s something that we need to be better at anyway, being more clinical in front of goal,” said Dower.
Whatever the eventual result, Bangladesh girls can still be proud of the fact that they are the only team from south Asia to have ever represented women’s football by qualifying for the final round of the competition for the second time in succession.