The girls in red and green created three notable chances in the opening half but couldn’t convert any before the home side netted the all-important goal from a free kick in the second half to seal the fate of the game
Misfiring Bangladesh U16 girls kicked off their AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat against hosts Thailand at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand on Sunday.
The girls in red and green created three notable chances in the opening half but couldn’t convert any before the home side netted the all-important goal from a free kick in the second half to seal the fate of the game.
Bangladesh are taking part in the eight-team competition for the second successive time where they are the lowest-ranked side among participants but the difference was not much evident in their performance in the opening game.
Maria Manda and Co began the game brightly and surprised the hosts with two great chances to open the scoring within four minutes into the clock. Striker Anuching Mogini broke into the box to get the goalkeeper Pawarisa Homyamyen one-on-one but took a weak shot that went wide.
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A better chance came in the next minute when the right-winger Tohura Khatun managed to beat the onrushing keeper at the edge of the box but her final effort in front of the empty net was denied by the woodwork.
Thailand, the three-time semifinalist, couldn’t penetrate Bangladesh defence deeper but tried their luck from several free-kicks. Forward Pluemjai Sontisawat took a free-kick just outside the box in the 21st minute that flew inches over the crossbar.
Tohura had another great opportunity ten minutes into the second half when she skipped past a defender before her left-footed placing was saved brilliantly by the keeper with a diving touch.
Thawanrat Promthongmee put the hosts ahead in the 59th minute from another free-kick after right-back Anai Mogini fouled midfielder Janista Jinantuya outside the box. Bangladesh keeper Rupna Chakma could have done better when the free-kick curved home into the top right corner.
It was a tough game, and our girls couldn't find success. They start their campaign with a 1-0 loss. We stand together with the hope that things improve from here.🇧🇩#AFC #U16 #Championship #BFF #Women #Football pic.twitter.com/NjmWFbTAj4— BFF (@bff_football) September 15, 2019
Thailand could have extended the lead in the 85th minute when defender Akhi Khatun committed an unnecessary foul on Suchavadee Chompaeng conceeding a penalty but the substitute forward missed the target from the spot as she hit the sidepost.
Bangladesh piled more pressure for the equalizer with the game ticking to the end and created two more chances in the dying stage. Monika Chakma shot straight to the goalkeeper at the near post instead of trying at the empty far post while substitute Sajeda Khatun shot wide a minute later.
It was Bangladesh’s best possible chance to bag their first ever point in the tournament as they now have to face tougher opponents in the next two matches. Golam Rabbani Choton’s side will play three-time champions Japan on Wednesday before concluding the Group A fixtures against Australia on September 21.
Playing Xl: Rupna Chakma, Shamsunnahar Snr, Anai Mogini, Akhi Khatun, Nazma, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Shamsunnahar Jnr, Tohura Khatun (Sajeda Khatun 84’) and Anuching Mogini (Rituporna Chakma 67’)