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SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship

Sagorika steals show as Bangladesh crush Nepal in opener

Bangladesh outplayed Nepal 3-1 with full dominance throughout the game in Kamalapur Friday evening

Update : 03 Feb 2024, 12:21 AM

Forward Sagorika stole the show with a sensational brace to help Bangladesh make a flying start in their bid to retain the SAFF Under-19 Women’s Championship title Friday.

Munki Akhter added the other as the girls in red and green outplayed Nepal 3-1 with full dominance throughout the game in the capital’s Kamalapur in the evening.

Sagorika, wearing No 10 jersey, was all over the Nepal territory from every direction possible.

Her delicate touches on the two goals were profound.

She also earned a penalty but teammate and captain Afeida Khandaker could not convert it to extend the hosts’ lead.

Midfielder Sapna Rani almost broke the deadlock from a free-kick in the fifth minute only to be denied by the woodwork and on the rebound, Munki hit the sidepost.

Soon afterwards, Sagorika showed nice footwork, dribbled past a couple of defenders near the halfway life to feed Munki but the Nepal goalkeeper was on spot to block her attempt.

Winger Puja Das missed the target narrowly on two occasions shortly one after another, first going inches off the sidepost before flying just over the bar.

Saiful Bari Titu’s side found the back of the net twice within three minutes before the break and could have added another if Afeida had not squandered a penalty.

To collect a headed pass from Sapna, Sagorika overcame her marker at the top of the box and sent it over the keeper through a gentle touch.

Munki doubled the advantage with a soft volley over the defense after receiving a long cross from Eity Khatun.

Sagorika continued to threaten in Nepal terrain from left, middle and right side.

She earned the home side a penalty at the stroke of the opening half but defender Afeida hit the sidepost from the spot.

Three minutes after Sukriya Miya pulled one back for the visitors, Sagorika sparkled once again to restore the gap in the 57th minute.

Sagorika ran forward alongside a defender closely marking her.

She fooled the onrushing goalie with a slight touch before placing home into an empty net.  

Meanwhile in the inaugural match, India hammered Bhutan 10-0 at the same venue.

Bangladesh will face India in the next encounter Sunday.


Nepal 1 (Sukriya 54) Bangladesh 3 (Sagorika 40, 57, Munki 42)

Starting Xls

Bangladesh: Swarna; Afeida, Joynob, Surma, Munki, Sapna, Sagorika, Puja, Umehla, Eity, Bonna

Nepal: Sujata; Sarah, Ganga, Simran, Sukriya, Barsha, Maya, Divya, Senu, Birsana, Jhuma

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