Did you really enjoy the last match of the Bangladesh team? We hope you certainly did. If you are being asked when did you last witness such a thrilling match, maybe you won’t be able to answer.
The last match Bangladesh played was their 6th match in the qualifier round and they didn’t win a single match till now. Though with that draw, they earned a point.
Before this match, Bangladesh was on the backfoot as they lost to Afghanistan 1-0 in September 2019 and that’s why Afghanistan dominated from the beginning of the match.
Bangladesh started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Matin Mia playing in the center-forward position. But it didn’t bring that much help for them.
Afghanistan could have taken the lead in the 13th minute. They missed a golden opportunity as they were awarded a free-kick. Afghanistan got some other opportunities along with a half-chance in the 23rd minute.
Both the teams had chances to take the lead but Bangladesh had less opportunity. Neither of the teams could make a goal in the first half.
It was clearly seen that Afghanistan was craving for a goal and looking forward to taking full 3 points from this match.
However, the silence broke in the second half when Sharifi scored a fantastic goal with a left foot touch and thanks to David Najem for his assist.
From that point, Bangladesh was out of the game for the next 10 minutes.
About this goal, the head coach Jamie Day said, “In the second half, when you switch off in international football, you’re going to concede goals. And that’s exactly what happened.”
Bangladesh could have played more defensively but Jamie Day had something in mind. He made five changes and which was a clear message that he was planning to play attacking football.
Bangladesh almost equalized the score in the 80th minute and kept creating pressure on Afghanistan.
Four minutes later, Manik gave a long pass from midfield into the box and Riyadul headed down into the box. And then Topu’s brilliant work with his right foot sparked the Bangladesh team with a goal which helped them to equalize the score.
“We started with a positive approach and hoping that this outcome will encourage us in the next match against India. We will definitely go there to win and play as a team, which we proved today by performing with our heart and soul,” Barman said.
Barman also said, “We showed tonight that we are ready to work hard to get back into the game. We showed character. We enjoyed tonight and we’re going to work hard to get back on track and see if we can reach the same level against India and Oman.”
Jamie Day is expecting the same performance from the boys against India on 7th June. India is a tough team compared to Bangladesh and they have improved a lot in the last couple of years.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to get a draw against a very good team. We are looking to take that confidence into the India game. We know it’s going to be an extremely tough game again. We are asking the boys to repeat that performance and reach their maximum levels, which we know we are going to need to do against India,” added Day.