Bangladesh and India played out a 1-1 draw in their last round-robin match, which was also a dress rehearsal of the final of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship, at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu yesterday.
Having already ensured their place in Tuesday’s final, the two sides -- champions of the first two editions -- came into the match with unbeaten record and looking to boost confidence with a victory.
India took the lead in the 24th minute when Amisha Baxla, who was allowed acres of space inside the box, tapped home following a cross from Astam Oraon.
However, Bangladesh hit back just two minutes later through Sapna Rani, who chipped the ball into the net over the onrushing India goalkeeper Adrija Sarkhel whose drop kick was headed back by Rumi Akhter towards the box where Sapna pounced ahead of two India defenders.
Both teams had chances to take the lead thereafter, but neither could capitalise on those chances as Bangladesh goalkeeper Rupna Chakma produced a fine save to deny Sunita Munda right after the hour-mark while Sapna wasted a glorious chance at the other end in the 74th minute.
India finished the stronger of the two sides with a number of attacks in the last half hour, but Bangladesh held on to earn a point.