Defending champions Bangladesh were made to leave the SAFF U-15 Championship with a wooden spoon as they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to India in their fourth and final match at the Kalyani Stadium in Nadia of West Bengal, India yesterday.
The boys in red and green got off to a flying start in the regional age-group championship with two successive wins over minnows Bhutan and Sri Lanka. However, they then fell to Nepal and India consecutively to finish third in the five-team group with six points. India will face Nepal in the final on August 31.
After losing 4-1 to Nepal in the third match, Bangladesh had to win by at least 2-0 against India to ensure a spot in the final, however, the defending champions suffered a massive 4-0 defeat instead, thanks to an aimless display from the charges of Mostafa Anwar Parvez Babu.
Meanwhile, Nepal beat a winless Bhutan 6-0 to finish second in the group phase with nine points and set up the final clash against India, who won all four of their matches without conceding a single goal.
Conceding goals without putting up any form of resistance proved to be a big problem for Bangladesh throughout the tournament. Goalkeeper Mehdi Hasan Srabon, who came in place of Sabbir Gazi, conceded one goal after the other yesterday as India’s Himanshu Jangra availed any and all fumbled made by the keeper to score three goals in the 29th, 74th and 79th minute respectively. Renedy Metti Yumnam wrapped things up for India in the 90th minute to help the side maintain their all-win record in the ongoing championship.