The win advances Sabina Khatun and co through to the semi-finals with a match in hand as Bhutan lost their opening game against hosts Nepal
The Bangladesh national women’s team defeated Bhutan 2-0 in their Saff Women’s Championship Group A match at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday.
The win advances Sabina Khatun and co through to the semi-finals with a match in hand as Bhutan lost their opening game against hosts Nepal in the tournament opener.
The Tigress looked fresh, organised and well versed in their game plan creating a number of chances without a goal in the first half.
However, the team stuck to their task and gradually ran out easy winners.
Mishrat Jahan Mousumi scored the first goal for Bangladesh in the 46th minute from a header while captain Sabina Khatun doubled the score with a sided-footed finish after a probing run though the center late in the match.
Bangladesh displayed superior physical prowess and a higher level of football was evident throughout the game.
Bhutan’s head coach Sung Jea Lee was full of praise for the Bangladeshi women’s team but also believes that his side has progressed well as a team, even though they didn’t get the desired result.
"The Bangladesh players have done very well tactically and shown good strength, stamina and speed. They also had more ball possession than us as a result. However, our girls also developed a lot and improved more than before," Lee said at the post-match press-conference.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s head coach Golam Robbani Choton was very proud of what his team achieved.
He also expressed that their initial objective, to reach the semi finals, was completed.
“We are now in the semi-final and we have achieved our first objective. I am very proud of our achievement,” the coach expressed.
Bangladesh’s first goal-scorer in the match and vice-captain Misrat Jahan Moushumi echoed her coach when she expressed that the team’s first target had been reached.
She also spoke about happy she was to have scored and how important it was to get the initial goal after dominating the first half, where the team created a lot of chances.
“I’m extremely pleased to have scored today (Thursday) for my team and in the context of the game. It was an important goal for us, as we had created a number of chances throughout the game. We have achieved our objective and look forward to our next game,” Moushumi added.
Bangladesh will play against Nepal in their second and final group stage match, to determine the Group A winner, on March 16.