Bangladesh U-15 football team have thumped Pakistan by 3-2 on penalty shootout to clinch the SAFF U-15 Championship title at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The game was in stalemate at 1-1 after the full time.
Goalkeeper Mehedi Hasan’s heroics proved pivotal once again as he saved three penalties during the penalty shootout.
Mehedi was Bangladesh’s hero in the semi-final match against India as well. The young shot stopper saved two penalty kicks in the semis.
The match started off really well for the youngsters of Bangladesh. Bangladesh took the lead in the 25th minute of the match. It was an own goal. A corner kick was taken by Bangladesh in the 25th minute, which was headed in to his own net by a Pakistani defender. Bangladesh tried to double their lead in the first half but couldn’t break Pakistani defense line for the second time. The first half ended at 1-1.
The second half started with the same tempo. However, in the 54th minute, left back Helal Ahmed lost his composure and gave away a silly and needless penalty.
Pakistan’s Moheb Ullah did not fail to take the advantage. He stepped up and converted the penalty with ease to equalise the score line. After that both team searched for the winner but couldn’t get it as both teams’ defenses were resolute and compact.
It was a nervy penalty as Bangladesh missed the first spot kick. However, Bangladesh goalkeeper Mehedi Hasan was there to shine again. He showcased his brilliant ability by saving the first two penalties. Then he saved the fifth Pakistan penalty to win the final for Bangladesh.
Earlier, India finished 3rd beating hosts Nepal by 1-0 goal in the 3rd place deciding match at the same venue Saturday morning with Thalacheu Vanlalruatfela scoring match-winner in the 18th minute.
Bangladesh reached the final with an all-win record, eliminating India by 4-2 goals in tiebreaker in the semi finals.