In the end, the fear that was created by Bangladesh’s opponents in Group D in the Under-23 Asian Cup qualifiers is true. After losing three matches in a row, Bangladesh finished the qualifying round from the bottom of the group. After losing 1-0 to Kuwait in the first match, they lost 6-0 to Uzbekistan in the second match; In the last match today, Bangladesh lost 3-0 to Saudi Arabia at the Pakhtar Stadium in Tashkent.
Normally, after scoring 6 goals in a match, the confidence of the players goes down. In the next match, if the opponent is an equal team, there is still something to fight for. But if the opponent is a team like Saudi Arabia, then the fight becomes more difficult. So it has been today. After scoring 2 goals in 19 minutes, there was a fear of a big loss like in the previous match. In the end, Bangladesh did not score more than 3 goals against the team which was 138 steps ahead.
The players of Bangladesh U-23 team had to be busy most of the time to stop the attack of Saudi Arabia.
Bangladesh U-23 players have been busy most of the match to prevent Saudi Arabia’s attack: BFF
The goalkeeper has suffered the most in Bangladesh in the qualifying round. Pappu Hossain had to pay compensation for some mistakes against Kuwait. Today, Mitul Marma was played in the XI. Earlier, every move of this goalkeeper who was with the national team was full of awesome feeling. He has a big responsibility in the second goal. Within 25 minutes, Mitul was picked up and dropped off at Pappu. He has saved Bangladesh several times today by correcting previous mistakes.
Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan, Tutul Hossain and Yasin Arafat are the four defenders of the under-23 team. Naturally, the main hope of the coach was the defense built with them. But they could not prove themselves separately in the qualifying round. Opposing forwards have scored goals by jumping in front of them from the box or by touching them lightly.
In the fight for possession of the ball, the players of Bangladesh did not get along with the youth of Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh players could not compete with Saudi Arabian youth in ball possession: BFF
Today the equation was clear. Whoever wins by 2 goals will go to the next round. In fact, Bangladesh had no choice but to show its helplessness by saying that the opponent is Saudi Arabia. In the first half, Maruful Haque chose the ‘depth defending’ strategy. 3 midfielders and 2 winger with 4 defenders were seen below the midfield. The ball bounced off the feet of the Saudi players. Saudi players have tried to play more in the air because they are taller.
Saudi Arabia opened the scoring with this strategy. Captain and defender Saud Abdullah jumped into the cross box from the right edge and scored with a header. He had Bangladeshi players with him but could not create any obstacle. Goalkeeper Mitul could not reach the ball after leaving the post unnecessarily. Where will Mitul apply this wound, on the contrary he made another big mistake after 3 minutes.
Ayman Yahya’s curved shot from the free-kick failed to punch Mitul properly and fell in front of the Saudi players in the box. Ziad Mubarak wrapped the ball in the net with a strong shot from a difficult angle. Saudi Arabia completed the next round within 19 minutes. On the other hand, the players of Bangladesh could not show the ability to play pass among themselves. Under the pressure of the opponent, Rahmat and Tutula have taken the responsibility by repeatedly making wrong passes or blowing unnecessary balls.
A scene from the attack of Saudi Arabia in the defense of Bangladesh
A scene from Saudi Arabia’s attack on the defense of Bangladesh: BFF
Yassin Arafat and Faisal Ahmed tried to raise their heads in the second half. Half of the opponents were able to play passes among themselves. However, it was not enough to reduce the goal difference. Ayman Ahmed made it 3-0 in 60 minutes. Ayman scored the goal by touching the foot from the cutback goal on the right side. But he has done this between two center backs of Bangladesh, Tutul and Riyadul.
Kuwait had already secured the final stage by becoming the group champion with 6 points. Saudi Arabia also lost to Bangladesh and became the best runners-up team in the final. Another team in this group, Uzbekistan, will host the Asian Cup.