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10-man Bangladesh hold India to 1-1 draw

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:04 PM, 4 October 2021   Updated: 09:48 PM, 4 October 2021

10-man Bangladesh hold India to 1-1 draw

10-man Bangladesh hold India to 1-1 draw

Ten-man Bangladesh held 1-1 draw against the South Asian superpowers India in their second match of the SAFF Championship at Maldives National Football Stadium, Male today.

Sunil Chhetri gave the lead to India in the 26th minute scoring a goal from the pass off a fellow footballer. For Bangladesh, Yeasin Arafat made the equalizer goal at 74th minutes. Bangladesh showed more grit, more perseverance, and a fight to get a point from the game.

Udanta Singh with a good run on the right and he finds the captain in the middle. Chhetri makes no mistakes and finds the back of the net in one touch. India have the lead even though Bangladesh were more threatening.

Bangladesh have had a couple of good chances but their inability to finish has cost them. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu denied Rakib in the 39th minute to keep India’s lead intact. India have not been utterly dominating but they were more clinical and converted the one big chance they had.

Captain Jamal Bhuyan with a fantastic corner kick and Arafat with a diving header score for Bangladesh. The dormant crowd has been giving a reason to scream, sing and play again.

Bangladesh created a chance of a goal in the 52nd minute but Rakib went just a little bit earlier and his attempt at the awkward volley went wide. Fantastic play on the right flank as Saad Uddin is played up. Saad cut back the ball for Rakib, who couldn’t finish the move.

Bangladesh’s Bishwanath Ghosh left the field in the 54th minute! Liston Colaco was through on goal and Bishwanath being the last defender brought Liston down and the referee had to show him a straight red. Bangladesh became a man and a goal down. 

Bangladesh made a number of moves right to put India under pressure but they were clinical and sharp enough.

Yeasin Arafat made the equalizer goal for the men in red-green at 74th miniutes. Captain Jamal Bhuyan with a fantastic corner kick and Arafat with a diving header score for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh were constantly pressing India and were winning the duels in the midfield. They were pushing India and looked dangerous every time they went up the pitch in the Indian half. They got rewarded for their perseverance and this does not look good on India.

India ranks 107th in the current FIFA rankings while Bangladesh are 72 steps behind them currently ranked 189th. This is where the difference in strength between the two teams can be understood. Despite the huge difference Bangladesh was able to hold the nerve and left the field with 2  points following their 1-1 draw. 

Bangladesh had won their opener against Sri Lanka and now have four points from two games. India have a point from one match after the draw.

Bangladesh are at the top of the points table with 4 points in two matches. On the other hand, India are in third place with 1 point.