Bangladesh handed Oman a massive 10-0 defeat to register their second successive victory in the fourth edition of the Boys' U-18 Asia Cup Hockey at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
Bangladesh finished their Pool A campaign as group champions and will face Chinese Taipei in the last four on Thursday while India and Pakistan will lock horns with each other in the other classification match on the same day.
The winners will progress to the final, scheduled to be held this Friday.
Drag-and-flick specialist Ashraful Islam and Mohammad Mohsin scored three goals apiece to give Bangladesh a comfortable victory while Mahbub Hossain netted two and Arshad Hossain and Fazle Hossain Rabby added one apiece.
The home side began the game brightly. Romman Sarkar missed a sitter with only a minute into the clock but it took Bangladesh just four minutes to open the scoring when Mahbub hit home from the edge of the circle following a Naim Uddin cut-back.
Arshad doubled the lead three minutes later with a lovely flick following a Romman pass. Romman was the architect of the next goal in the 16th minute as well as his short pass allowed Mohsin to poke home from a goal-mouth scramble.
Two minutes later, Fazle found it easy to hit the back of the net from two yards after Romman raced inside the danger zone and set him up with a fierce hit.
Last match's hero Ashraful opened his account in the 22nd minute, converting the game's first penalty corner. Fazle's push, Naim's stop and Ashraful's powerful shot gave no chance to the Oman goalkeeper.
Mohsin netted his second of the day six minutes later with a flick on a Naim reverse. Ashraful scored again from the second penalty corner in the 32nd minute.
Oman earned only one penalty corner in the first half and another one early in the second half but Bangladesh netminder Arafat Yeasin made brilliant saves on both the occasions.
Mohsin netted his third goal to extend the lead in the 53rd minute, hitting home following a Mahbub shot. Ashraful also got his third nine minutes later.
Fazle completed the rout in the 67th minute.
Meanwhile in the day's other matches, Chinese Taipei played out a 2-2 draw against China to confirm their berth in the last four as Pool B runners-up, along with group champions Pakistan, who outplayed Hong Kong 14-0 in the day's first game.
Following the game, three-goal hero Mohsin said, "We managed to beat India in the first game and now we have beaten Oman. So far we have done what we wanted to do. Our target is to win the title and we will do our best to achieve our goal.
"We have a good understanding between us. We played together, created space for each other and they couldn't mark our players properly. That is why we scored more field goals. It was not the same against India, there were more men marking so we received more penalty corners in that match.
"We wanted to play as individuals in the second half to prepare us for the semi-finals. Hopefully it will not be repeated in the semis. We have no fear and pressure. We'll give our best and try to win."
Yeasin Arafat, Ashraful Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Naim Uddin, Safiul Alam, Fazle Hossain Rabby, Romman Sarkar, Raju Ahmed, Arshad Hossain, Sobuj Rahman and Mahbub Hossain.
(Mahbub 4, Arshad 7, Mohsin 16, 28, 53, Fazle 18, 67, Ashraful 22, 32, 62) 0 Oman
Chinese Taipei 2 2 China
Pakistan 14 0 Hong Kong