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Bangladesh unbeaten champions of Uefa-assist U16 tournament

  • Published at 11:19 pm October 20th, 2019
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Bangladesh became unbeaten champions in Uefa-assist U-16 development football tournament Sunday Dhaka Tribune

Moinul completed his hat-trick and snatched victory in the 88th minute with a brilliant move by taking a cut-back from Jony before turning around to drive a powerful shot past goalkeeper Zaidhaan Mohamed and put their disappointment of Saff U-15 and Afc U-16 campaigns behind to win the season’s first trophy

Hosts Bangladesh became unbeaten champions in Uefa-assist U-16 development football tournament when a hat-trick from Moinul Islam powered the home side to a massive 6-0 win over Maldives in the four-team group final match at Bangabandhu National Stadium Sunday.

With three wins in a row, Bangladesh finished on top of the round-robin league basis tournament with maximum nine points, three more than second-placed Faroe Islands, who beat Cambodia 2-0 in the day’s first match. Maldives and Cambodia finished equal points - one.

The boys in red and green, who needed just a point against the Islanders after clinching a 3-1 win over European side – Faroe Islands – in the second match on Friday, seemed to toy their South Asian opponents, who were helpless throughout the match and could hardly produce any resistance against Bangladesh’s onslaught.

The charges of Robert Martin Ryles took only seven minutes to break the deadlock when Moinul Islam, following a few exchanges with Jony Shikdar, put a cross in from the left side for Emo Islam Babu, who rose high to nod home before Moinul drove off the target in the 11st minute.

With Bangladesh playing mostly in Maldives’ half, Sajed Hasan Jummon suddenly let loose a powerful shot outside the box and found the back of the net with a deflection off a Maldivian defender in the 14th minute, while Apurbo Mali widened the lead with a header in the 23rd minute.

Moinul, who struck a brace each against Cambodia and Faroe Islands, made it 4-0 in the 37th minute after driving home an Emon square-pass, inside the box.

After resumption, Moinul struck his sixth goal of the tournament by converting a penalty in the 52nd minute before an unwanted incident marred the match.

Maldivian forward Mohammed Raif Fazeel got involved with the Bangladeshi players following a foul and was sent off by Kuwait referee Ali Shaban, who was also forced to give the marching order to a Maldivian official. The Maldivian officials looked angry with the decision by the referee, who also sent off head coach Mohammad Nizam, in the latter part of the match.

The match restarted after seven minutes and Bangladesh kept their possession intact against a 10-man Maldives to press hard to widen the margin with Saiful Islam rattling the crossbar in the 82nd minute.

Moinul finally completed his hat-trick and snatched victory in the 88th minute with a brilliant move by taking a cut-back from Jony before turning around to drive a powerful shot past goalkeeper Zaidhaan Mohamed and put their disappointment of Saff U-15 and Afc U-16 campaigns behind to win the season’s first trophy.        


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