Bangladesh beat Oman 2-1 in Asia Cup Hockey

In Asia Cup Hockey, Bangladesh’s national hockey team rebounded from their previous defeat by narrowly defeating Oman 2-1 in their second Pool B game at the Bung Karno Sports Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia, according to BSS. The Bangladesh team scored a sweet victory in Asia Cup Hockey, two weeks after losing to Oman in the final of the Asian Games Qualifier.

This time, they were able to come out on top and earn their spot in the Asian Games. This victory comes after their defeat in the opening game and helps them to stay in contention for the tournament title.

According to the Sportnews BD experts, the team followed coach Gobinathan Krishnamurthy’s game plan, which resulted in them scoring and Oman not having any real chances to score. Ashraful Islam and Mohammad Rakibul scored one goal each for Bangladesh in this match. Khursedur Rahman of Bangladesh was adjudged the player of the match.

Khursedur Rahman, Man of the Match of Bangladesh vs Oman in Asia Cup Hockey Jakarta
Khursedur Rahman, Man of the Match of Bangladesh vs Oman in Asia Cup Hockey Jakarta | FIH

Bangladesh got off to a great start with a goal from Ashraful Islam in the sixth minute. Oman bounced back with a goal from Rashad Al Fazari in the seventeenth minute, but they were unable to convert on any of their six penalty corners, which ultimately cost them the match.

After conceding an early goal, Bangladesh fought back to take the lead in the 40th minute with a well-taken penalty corner. “It feels good to win after losing to Oman in the final of the Asian Games Qualifier,” said Bangladesh captain Md Rakibul. “The boys played much better in the Asia Cup Hockey tournament and Oman did well too.”

Bangladesh Hockey Coach Gobi was quite excited after the result. He said in the press conference, “We are here to improve our play and stick to the plan. I’m happy to have assembled a good group of players, with several young players coming up through the ranks. We’ve played together for almost 13-14 games now, and I think we’re making good progress.”