India wins SAFF women’s championship shocking Bangladesh 3-1
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Hosts India established their absolute supremacy in the SAFF Women’s Championship clinching all the four titles of the regional soccer meet beating high-flying Bangladesh by 3-1 goals in the 4th version’s final at Kanchenjunga Stadium in the Indian town of Siliguri on Wednesday.
Bangladesh women’s team, led by striker Sabina Khatun, reached their first-ever final in the 4thversion of the SAFF meet without conceding any goal. But suffered the first goal in the 11th minute and conceded two more goals in the 62nd and 66th minutes respectively, despite the match was locked in 1-1 till 61st minute.
Promising striker Sirat Jahan Swapna, who made a hattrick in Bangladesh’s 6-0 victory against the Maldives in the 2nd semifinal on Monday, scored the equaliser for Bangladesh in the 38th minute.
Bangladesh Women’s team, mostly studded with under-16 footballers, finished runners-up in the seven-team South Asian Football.
When Bangladesh men’s team are struggling with their ever-lowest FIFA ranking, Bangladeshi age group girls (women’s) team brought laurel for the country clinching AFC U-14 regional crown and AFC U-16 qualifiers title and this time Bangladeshi women’s proved their worth reaching the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship.
Bangladesh men’s football clinched SAFF title last in 2003 and reached the final in 2005.
Earlier, Bangladesh stormed the final crushing the Maldives by 6-0 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the same venue on Monday.
India made the final berth eliminating Nepal by 3-1 goals in the first semifinal on the same day in the afternoon.
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