Following a heavy 9-0 defeat against reigning champion North Korea, the Bangladesh girls fought back against formidable Japan, conceding a fighting 3-0 loss in the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Chonburi, Thailand on Thursday.
In the process, the girls in red and green exited the competition in the group stage ahead of their final Group B game against Australia on Sunday at the same venue.
Japan, runners up in the last edition, went ahead through Tomoko Tanaka early in the tie.
In comparison to the North Korea loss where the Bangladesh girls failed to script any attack in the opponent’s terrain, the girls in red and green fared much better against Japan, orchestrating their first foray in the opposition half in the 18th minute.
However, Masura Parvin’s header, from a Sanjida Akhter corner, was cleared off the goal-line by an opposition defender.
Japan doubled the lead in the 31st minute through Moyi Nakaye.
The Blue Samurai made it 3-0 in the 39th minute.
The second half saw Bangladesh put more concentration on defending and the Japanese forwards failing to add more bite in their efforts.
At the end of the match, Bangladesh U-16 head coach Golam Rabbani Choton shed some light on his team’s performance in the second match of the competition.
“The girls gave the best effort and I am happy. They made some mistakes in the first match, but they covered them this time around.”
He added that the girls had some good chances and the result might have been much more satisfactory if they had managed to score.
“They’ll do better next time,” he concluded.