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BD Girls jump queue into semifinals

SAAF Women's Football

BD Girls jump queue into semifinals

Sports Desk Bangladesh National Women's Football team smartly jumped queue into the semifinals of the six-team SAFF Women's Championship from Group A outplaying Bhutan by 2-0 goals in their first match at the Shahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday. Tension grew high as the first half went goal-less against a team, against whom Bangladesh never conceded a defeat. However, after a barren first half, Mishrat Jahan Mousumi opened the scoring for Bangladesh in the 46th minute with a headed goal by a placing shot from goal mouth melee, off corner kick of Monika Chakma. Late in the game, Sabina Khatun scored the second for Bangladesh with a side-foot finish in the 86th minute dodging past two opponent defenders and custodian, utilizing on a Shamsunnahar pass Touring Bangladesh now need an outright victory in their last group match against hosts Nepal tomorrow (Saturday 16) to clinch the group title. Nepal, which also assured the semifinal berth from the same group beating Bhutan convincingly by-3-0 goals in the tournament opener last Tuesday, needed a just draw against Bangladesh to the group champions. In the semifinals on March 20, Group A champions will play Group B runners-up at 11am while Group B champions will encounter Group A runners-up at 3pm at the same venue. The final match will take place at 3pm on March 22. Bangladesh squad: Mahmuda Akter, Rupna Chakma, Yasmin Akther, Masura Parvin, Mossammat Akhi Khatun, Mossammat Nargis Khatun, Nilufa Yasmin Nila, Shamsunnahar-1, Sheuli Azim, Mossammat Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Mossammat Ishrat Jahan Ratna, Sanjida Akhter, Marzia, Mossammat Sirat Jahan Shopna, Sabina Khatun, Srimoti Krishnarani Sarkar, Mossammat Razia Khatun, Shamsunnahar-2 and Tohura Khatun.

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