Young striker Nshimirimana Jospin netted another impressive hat-trick to take his goal tally to seven in only three matches as the home side left the field with more than half-a-dozen chances squandered or denied by the valiant display by the Burundian goalkeeper
Overwhelming misfiring Bangladesh team conceded a frustrating 3-0 defeat against Burundi to crash out from the semi-final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup for the third consecutive time Thursday at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Young striker Nshimirimana Jospin netted another impressive hat-trick to take his goal tally to seven in only three matches as the home side left the field with more than half-a-dozen chances squandered or denied by the valiant display by the Burundian goalkeeper.
It was a positive opening half for the men in red and green until a shaky defensive display in the final few minutes let them go into the break with a two-goal deficit from where they could never come back due to misfiring efforts from the forwards.
In the absence of first-choice defenders Topu Barman and Yeasin Khan, head coach Jamie Day rearranged the center-back positions bringing Rayhan Hasan alongside Riyadul Hasan Rafi.
Jamal Bhuiyan returned to the heart of midfield while Manik Hossain Mollah kept his place in defensive midfield.
The hamstring injury of Matin Mia, who scored a brace in the last game against Sri Lanka, put Bangladesh in trouble in the fifth minute as Mahbubur Rahman Sufil came in as the replacement in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sufil made an immediate impact within three minutes by setting up a fine opportunity for Mohammad Ibrahim whose unpromising attempt went in vain.
Sufil had his own chance in the 22nd minute but lost control inside the box.
Bangladesh defence looked astonishingly vulnerable through the left side with Ibrahim struggling to fall back to help Rahmat Mia, which created enough spaces for right-back Ngabonziza Blanchard to show his skill with crosses inside the box.
Joslin was surprisingly unmarked inside the crowded box before sliding home Blanchard’s low cross in the 42nd minute.
The 18-year-old striker doubled the lead with a sliding header from another Blanchard cross four minutes later.
Bangladesh went all in after the resumption as Saad Uddin had a glorious chance within four minutes after collecting a long ball, before shooting straight to the keeper from the top of the box.
The host were denied another scoring chance just after the hour-mark when Sufil’s header following Jamal’s cross was superbly punched away for a corner.
Five minutes later, Saad headed inches wide from a corner.
Jamal had a good game creating chances with crosses, corners and also free-kicks, one of which forced Fales into a diving save in the 75th minute.
Moments after substitute Rakib Hossain mishit a wonderful opportunity from a vantage position, Jospin completed his hat-trick from a counterattack, fooling around Rahmat before slotting past Ashraful Islam Rana at the near post.
The frustration grew with the clock ticking towards the end and despite the fact that the Burundian players looked tired at the latter stages, they couldn’t capitalize as Saad saw his last effort through a header in the 90th minute denied by the sidepost.
Burundi will now face reigning champion Palestine in the final at the same venue Saturday.
Burundi 3 (Jospin 42, 45+1, 79) 0 Bangladesh
Burundi: Aime Fales; Blanchard, Asman (Kelvin 83), Hamza, Dieu Merci; Yannick, Narcisse, Benjamin (Chebby 91), Thierry (Henry 35), Amissi; Jospin.
Bangladesh: Rana; Rayhan, Rafi, Bishwanath, Rahmat; Manik (Mamunul 76), Jamal, Sohel (Rakib 78), Ibrahim; Saad, Matin (Sufil 7).