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Bangladesh’s disappointing defeat to India with 2-0

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 10:34 PM, 7 June 2021   Updated: 10:38 PM, 7 June 2021

Bangladesh fought hard against India in the qualify match; Photo: Collected

Bangladesh fought hard against India in the qualify match; Photo: Collected

Bangladesh has fought hard against India in the qualifiers of the Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Jamal Bhuyan’s side lost 2-0 to India at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar.

In the whole match, India had 16 shots in the net of Bangladesh – five of them touched the goal bar. Bangladesh, on the other hand, managed to move four shots and two of them touched the goal bar. India held the ball for 64 percent of the time throughout the match.

Bangladesh started playing aggressively from the very beginning of the match. However, Rakib Hossain got a yellow card in the 2nd minute for being “very aggressive”. Despite receiving a warning at the beginning, the red-and-green team did not move away from their aggressive attitude. 

Bangladesh dominated the first ten minutes. India slowly returned to the fight. Manvir Singh got a big chance in the 15th minute. However, he took a little more time and lost the ball. Topu Barman saved the team with a counterattack. Three minutes later Suresh Singh Wangjam’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico.

Riyadul Hasan Rafi saved Bangladesh in the 35th minute of the match in exchange for a cross-corner. Rafi cleared the almost-goal from the corner and Chinglensana Singh’s header. 

Meanwhile, coach Jamie Day picked up Masuk Mia Jony and replaced him with Mohammad Ibrahim.  

Contrary to the style of play, Tariq Kazi made a weak header from a corner in the 40th minute. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu caught the ball easily. For most of the first half, Bangladesh managed to break through the Indian attack.

In the second half, Bangladesh tried to play by increasing the possession of the ball. Despite slowing down, India captain Sunil Chhetri had a great chance to score from a free kick in the 63rd minute of the match, however, could not aim the head even though he got the ball in the D box.

Brandon Fernandes took a shot from a long distance in the 61st minute. However, the forward could not aim the ball. After a couple of minutes, Subhasish Bose headed in from the corner. The result could have been different if the unmarked Subhasish had scored the ball in the net. 

Ashique Kuruniyan was shown a yellow card for fouling Tariq Kazi in the 75th minute of the match. One minute earlier, Jamie Day changed pairs and put two forwards. Then the pace of the team increased a bit. 

In the 79th minute of the match, Bangladesh digested a goal from a mistake of the defense. Heading a long cross from the wing, Sunil Chhetri put Jamal Bhuyan’s team into frustration. He then scored his second goal in extra time to secure India’s victory. 

India is in the third position in Group E with six points from their first win in seven matches. Through this, they kept alive the hope of playing in the Asian Cup. On the other hand, Bangladesh is at the bottom of the table with two points in an equal match.