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2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers: Bangladesh women bag first ever point after Nepal draw

  • Published at 09:07 pm November 13th, 2018
Football
Action from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Asian Qualifiers match between Bangladesh and Nepal in Myanmar Tuesday BFF

U-16 youngster Akhi Khatun’s last-gasp equaliser earned Bangladesh their first draw against Nepal at the senior level

Bangladesh won their first point in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Asian qualifiers women’s football qualifiers Tuesday against Nepal with a creditable draw. 

The team, consisted mainly of age-level players, ended with a hard fought 1-1 in their last match of Group C at Thuwunna Stadium in Rangoon, Myanmar.

U-16 youngster Akhi Khatun’s last-gasp equaliser also earned Bangladesh their first draw against Nepal at the senior level.

Last time when Bangladesh played in the Olympics qualifiers in 2011 they lost both their group stage matches against India and Uzbekistan by the same 3-0 margin.

Nepal, who drew against favourite Myanmar and India in their other two matches, went ahead early in the game through the goal of Niru Thapa in the 17th minute before centre-back Akhi scored in 92nd minute. 

Bangladesh’s young defenders went through a tough campaign, especially in their previous two matches conceding 12 goals against Myanmar and India. 

However, they finished with a positive tone as Akhi’s goal would inspire the team for future build-ups. 

That positivity was founded with head coach Golam Rabbani Choton.

“It’s a special day. Every time we played against Nepal’s senior side before we lost all of them. The girls made history with their first ever draw against Nepal with a brave display. It was the sign of their improvement over the last few years,” said Choton after the game. 

Meanwhile, Nepal made it to the second round of the qualifiers as one of the third-best finishers among four groups. 

India and Myanmar also moved to the next round from the same group. 

Bangladesh exit with only a point.

The Bangladesh contingent is scheduled to return home Wednesday afternoon.

RESULT

Bangladesh 1 (Akhi 90+2) 1 Nepal (Niru 17)

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