Talha Kamal
Bangladesh women’s national football team started their SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 campaign with a 2-0 win over Bhutan in the second group A match at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday.
With this win, the girls in red and green confirm their semi finals berth with one match in hand as Bhutan lost all of their group phase matches.

Goals from, Mishrat Jahan Mousumi and Sabrina Khatun in the second half of the match was enough for Bangladesh to seal a conformable victory. Mousumi broke the deadlock for Bangladesh in the 46th minute with a headed goal. Late in the game, Sabina scored the second for Bangladesh with a side-foot finish after a darting run through the centre.
The first half of the match was barren as both teams could not break each other’s down. However, Bangladesh were more adventurous, keeping possession of the ball and constantly attacking in the opposition’s half. But they were lacking that spark in the final third. Bhutan’s defense was also very resolute.
Goal finally arrived in the second half, as Mousumi opened the score-line with a headed goal from Manica Chakma’s corner during 46th minute. Sabina’s goal in the 86th minute was remarkable. Tahura Khatun won the ball in the right side of D box and passed the ball to her skipper Sabrina. She then dribbled past two Bhutan players and went inside the box. Then she finished the move with a right footed shot to score team’s second goal.

Bangladesh’s next target now is to become group champions by defeating hosts Nepal and avoid India in the semis. The girls in red and green currently stand in second position, even after having the same number of points in group A. In the first group A match, Nepal put three goals past Bhutan and with higher goal difference they are ahead of Bangladesh.