May 17, 2022, 5:18 am
Sports Desk /
Bangladesh drew with India after winning against Sri Lanka. With that confidence, Jamal Bhuiyan came on the field against the host Maldives. But Jamal-Tapura surrendered helplessly to the Maldives. Maldives tasted a 2-0 defeat to Bangladesh with goals from Hamza and Ali Ashfaq.
The host Maldives has been playing offensively from the very beginning. Jamal Bhuiyan could not fight that much. However, the defenders have repulsed several attacks in the Maldives. Bangladesh got the first corner in the 21st minute of the match. Tapura could not touch Jamal’s head in that corner. In the 27th minute, Yasin called for danger by fouling. The defender was shown a yellow card for throwing Ali Fassir out of the box.
Maldives scored two free-kicks in the last minute of the first half. In which Ali Ashfaq’s free-kick Zico’s great save saved Bangladesh. So Bangladesh did not see the goal at the end of the first half. The two teams went to the break in a goalless draw at Mall’s Rashmi Dhandu Stadium.
Maldives was putting pressure on Bangladesh in the second half. Oscar Brujon’s team digested the goal in less than 10 minutes after the break. In the 55th minute of the match, Tapu Barman lost 1-0 to Maldives number ten Hamza Mohammad’s bicycle kick.
Maldives got a penalty for Bangladesh’s foul in the 73rd minute of the match. Ali Ashfaq, the star footballer of the island nation, did not make a mistake to score from the spot kick. ‘South Asian Messi’ made a 2-0 lead to Maldives by fooling Zico. Jamal Bhuiyan could not reduce the gap despite trying the rest of the time.
After winning this match, Maldives has risen to number 2 in the points table and Bangladesh, which is at number two, has dropped to number 3. Nepal is at the top with 6 points in two consecutive wins.
Defender Bishwanath Ghosh was not in the match due to red card. Rakib also did not play in the Maldives match with two yellow cards. Rakib has been replaced by midfielder Sohail Rana and Bishwanath Ghosh has been replaced by Rahmat Mia. Sohail was not in the first match. He came down in the second match as a substitute. Sohail was there from the beginning today. Bangladesh also played in this match in 4-1-4-1 formation.