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Sri Lanka hold Maldives to stalemate

  • Published at 10:57 pm September 7th, 2018
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Goalmouth action from the Saff Championship match between Maldives and Sri Lanka in Dhaka Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Maldives dominated most of the possession throughout the game but their failure to breach the defence left the three-team group wide open with only one match left. Sunday

Pre-tournament favourite Maldives made a shocking start in the ongoing Saff Championship 2018 as Sri Lanka held them to a goalless draw in their Group B encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Friday.

Maldives dominated most of the possession throughout the game but their failure to breach the defence left the three-team group wide open with only one match left. Sunday, Maldives will play the last match group against India, who beat Sri Lanka in the first match 2-0, and another slip up could eliminate the contender from the tournament.

With Afghanistan pulling out from the south Asian region and India sending only an U-23 side, Maldives were regarded as the strongest side before the tournament. But Friday, despite numerous attempts, the Island nation failed to break the dead-lock. 

On the other hand, Sri Lanka, who beat Bangladesh in a pre-tournament practise match recently, showed their resilience to keep their hope alive. With this result India confirmed their semi-final berth and they will become group champion if they can avoid defeat against Maldives Sunday.

Maldives    Stats            Sri Lanka

13        Shots            14

5        Shots on target    5

62        Possession %        38

424        Passes            259

71        Pass accuracy %    58

6        Fouls            19

0        Yellow cards         2

6        Offsides        3

8        Corners        4