Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media
Nepal has progressed as the Group ‘A’ winner of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 after a 3-0 win over Bangladesh at the Sahid Rangashala today.
Both the teams had booked their spots in the semifinals of the championship by winning against Bhutan in their previous match.
Nepal started the match like a team short on quality of confidence as they begin with threatening opponents post from the very start.
Nepal’s display was all the more impressive while Sabitra Bhandrai was outstanding through the match. Bhandari not only scored a goal but also assisted a goal in the win for Nepal.
Bangladeshi defender Masura Parvin gifted Nepal a lead in the 6th minute, when Man Maya Limbu send a long ball towards Sabitra Bhandari and Parvin heads the ball into her own post.
Sabitra gave Nepal a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute as she tucked the ball into the net from tight angle after she was deprived a shot by Nilufa Yesmin Nila earlier in fifth minute.
Right after five minute, Sabitra led another devastating counter attack running with the ball before releasing an angled pass to the right for Manjali Kuamri Yonjan, who swept a low left-footed shot through Rupna Chakma.