Defending champions Bangladesh gave further proof of their title credentials with a 7-1 thumping of Sri Lanka in their second match of the SAFF U-15 Championship at the Kalyani Stadium in Nadia, West Bengal yesterday.
Striker Al Amin Rahman scored five goals while his strike partner Al Mirad and skipper Rakibul Islam scored a goal apiece as the boys in red and green built on their dominant start. They had handed Bhutan a 5-2 defeat on Friday.
Despite two wins from two matches, Bangladesh are second in the five-team table on goal difference, with India regaining pole position with a 7-0 thrashing of Bhutan in the day’s second match.
Although Bangladesh had it all their way, scoring three goals in the first half and four after the break, they had to wait till the 32nd minute for the first goal. Al Amin opened the scoring with a clever placing shot.
Rakibul made it 2-0 10 minutes later with an exquisite solo effort, dribbling past two defenders before finding the corner of the net with a curling finish before Al Amin increased the lead with another placed shot a minute before the interval.
Al Mirad, who scored two goals on Friday, made it 4-0 with a header from in front of goal three minutes after the restart before a defensive error two minutes later helped Sri Lanka pull one back.
However, Al Amin restored Bangladesh’s four-goal lead from the spot right before the hour-mark, bringing up his hattrick. The Bangladesh No. 10 was in no mood to let off, though, as he stabbed home the sixth goal in the 66th minute before wrapping up the goal-glut with a simple tap-in five minutes later.
“I’m very happy with having scored five goals. The fact that I have contributed to taking the team forward also makes me very happy,” Al Amin, the striker based in BKSP, told reporters after the game.
Coach Mostafa Anwar Parvez was satisfied with the scoreline even though he felt they could have scored more goals.
“I am happy that the boys played better than in the last match. We created many chances, so I would have been happier had we won by a much bigger margin.”
Bangladesh will play their next match against Nepal on Tuesday before taking on title-rivals India two days later. The top two teams will meet in the final on August 31.