The conviction was to break the circle of failure. There was also the fear of breaking down under pressure. After Sumon Reza scored a goal in the beginning, the cloud of fear started to move little by little. Below the post, Anisur Rahman Ziko was a faithful wall. But everything changed with Zico’s red card. After 16 years, Bangladesh returned with the disappointment of breaking the dream, raising hopes of playing in the final of the SAFF Championship.
Bangladesh drew 1-1 against Nepal on Wednesday at the Rashmi Dhandu Stadium in Male, the capital of the Maldives . Sumon Reza led the team in the ninth minute. In the end, Anjan Bista equalized from the penalty spot after a controversial decision by Uzbek referee Akhral Riskulayev.
Bangladesh had to win to play the final on October 16. But Oscar Bruce’s team dropped out of the round robin league with 5 points in four matches in this draw. Nepal reached the final of SAF for the first time with F points.
Bangladesh, which won the first and last SAFF title in 2003, last played in the final in 2005. In the draw against Nepal, he went even further. In the last four editions, the team had the disappointment of being knocked out of the group stage.
Brusson take the best XI of Nepal match with four changes. Yassin Arafat was not there because of the card. Rahmat Mia, Sohail Rana, Matin Mia did not have a place. They were replaced by Tutul Hossain Badsha, Bishwanath Ghosh, Rakib Hossain and Sumon.
In the beginning, Nepal dominated the ball control, but Bangladesh quickly recovered. Then that goal. Bangladesh got a free kick when Rakib Hossain, who attacked from the left side, was fouled. Jamal’s free kick could not be saved by a Nepali player even if he touched his head. Sumon, who was in good condition in the box, found the net.
Bangladesh also made several attacks in the second half. But the desired success was not seen. On the other hand, Anisur Rahman Ziko was blocking every shot of Nepal. It can be said that Zico became the main enemy of Nepal.
Bangladesh took a big hit in the 80th minute when Bangladesh goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Ziko got a red card to save the team from danger.
The most controversial decision of the match comes in 86 minutes of the match. The referee awarded a penalty to Nepal without any clear reason. No evidence of foul was found in the video replay. Anjan Bista made Nepal happy by scoring a goal from a spot kick.
As there are no more goals in the match, Bangladesh leaves the field with a draw of disappointment.
Bangladesh had to win to reach the final.