Hosts Bangladesh won the AFC U-17 Asian Championship qualifiers. Yuvara defeated Singapore 2-1 in Group E game. On Wednesday (October 5) at the Bir Shresh Shaheed Sepahi Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur, Bangladesh squandered an opportunity to increase the gap after the opponent made a mistake. Singapore returned to parity with a long-range goal.
A lifeless second half came alive in added time. Once again, the visitors made an unforgivable mistake, with another suicide goal for Bangladesh’s youth team. In the third minute of the match, the hosts could have gone ahead if Singapore goalkeeper Isaac Lee had not stopped. Forward Nazim Uddin’s shot was stuck on the opponent’s goalkeeper.
However, the youth of Bangladesh took success in 10 minutes. Nazim Uddin crossed from outside the box towards Mirazul Islam in the box. Singapore defender Brayden Goh put the ball in his own net while clearing Nazim’s cross.
In the 15th minute, another opportunity is in front of Bangladesh. Mirajule Konakuni’s shot from the right wing was blocked by the opposing goalkeeper. After 20 minutes, Bangladesh saved for a little bit. Singapore midfielder Jonan Tan’s cutback hit Bangladesh skipper Imran Khan’s feet and hit the post before Sirajul Islam Rana cleared the danger.
Mirazul’s curling free-kick narrowly missed the net in the 26th minute. In the next minute, another shot by Mirage was saved by the Singapore goalkeeper. Singapore equalized in the next minute after stopping Bangladesh’s attack. Bangladesh goalkeeper Sohan was defeated by Muhammad Shaizwan’s long-range shot from Rasul Ramli’s pass in the 28th minute.
Even after the break, the dominance of the red and green team continued. However, the gap could not be increased. Even after one chance, the goal was not scored. The winning goal finally came late in added time. Ratul’s long throw in was headed clear by a Singaporean player. But his back-head goalkeeper Isaac Lee took the lead but missed the ball. In the end, this goal ensured that Paul Smalley’s team got 3 points.
Incidentally, 44 teams are playing in 10 groups in the qualifiers of the AFC U-17 Asian Championship. There are five teams in four groups and four teams in the remaining six groups. 10 group champions and six best runner-up teams will advance to the main stage. Two matches will be played daily, the first at 4 pm and the second at 7 pm. Bangladesh has been showing skill in recent age-based tournaments. The U-20 team stunned the hosts in Bahrain. Paul Smalley’s team will play against Bhutan next Friday.