Bangladesh beat Pakistan 1-0
Bangladesh took a firm step towards the semifinals of the Suzuki SAFF Championship after beating Pakistan 1-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
Defender Tapu Barman scored the all-important goal in the 85th minute with a tumbling header off a Bishwanath long throw from the left. The tall defender also scored the opening goal in Bangladesh’s 2-0 win against Bhutan on Tuesday.
Earlier Bangladesh and Pakistan played out goalless first-half. Bangladesh started to play a forceful game after 10 minutes and made an attempt in the 29th minute as forward Saad Uddin’s right-footed long shot from the left flank went high and wide to the left off a Topu Barman pass.
The host side continued pressing game and missed two chances as midfielder Masuk Miah Zoni’s right-footed shot from outside the box was blocked by Pakistani defense in the 40th before forward Mahbubur Rahman’s right footed shot from more than 35 yards missed out to the left.
Pakistan created a couple of quick counter attacks in between 20 to 30 minutes, but Bangladesh defenders and denied all their efforts. Masuk Miah Zoni fouled with Pakistani forward Mehmood Khan in the 40th minute and got a yellow card.
Bangladesh goalie Sahidul Alam saved the post in the 9th minute as denied a Pakistani forward Muhammad Alis’s header from inside the box, fisting the ball to go over the crosspiece.
The much-hyped match pulled around 16,000 crowds at the stadium.
Bangladesh started their campaign with a2-0 win against already an eliminated side Bhutan while Pakistan got a2-1 win against Nepal in the tournament opener on Sept 4.