Bangladesh handed a 3-0 defeat to Thai second-tier side BG Pathum United FC yesterday in their second and final warm-up match ahead of their joint qualifiers fixture for the World Cup and the Asian Cup against Laos.
The men in red and green, who were held to a 1-1 draw by another Thai second-tier outfit, Air Force United FC on Tuesday, were kept at bay by the Thai club in the first half. However, substitute striker Tawhidul Alam Sabuz scored twice while another substitute, youngster Arifur Rahman, scored another as Bangladesh scored three goals in six second-half minutes to complete a convincing win at the Leo Stadium in Thanyaburi.
Bangladesh had beaten BG Pathum United FC 4-3 in a practice match in March last year, with Sabuz bagging a hattrick, ahead of a friendly against Laos.
The two-goal hero, Sabuz, was happy with his performance and felt that this win will give them confidence ahead of the first leg fixture against Laos in Vientiane on June 6.
“Thanks to Allah we won today’s match by three goals. We had played another match earlier, and today we rectified the mistakes we made in that match. We hope that we can get back home with a win against Laos,” Sabuz said after the match.
The Bangladesh coach Jamie Day continued his experimentation with the squad, giving all the players a chance to prove their worth in the two matches. And both the substitute strikers staked their claim with the chances that they got, giving Day enough options to choose from.
“Very good performance from the boys today. Looked very organised and fitness was very good. We created a few chances in the second half and thoroughly deserved to win,” said a satisfied Day.
“It gives me a headache now on who to pick up for the Laos game. We’re looking forward to the first leg against Laos and hopefully we can play the way we did tonight,” the English coach added.
Bangladesh team will spend another day in Thailand before heading off to Laos on June 3.