Saturday, December 2, 2023

World Cup Qualifiers: Bangladesh beat strong Lebanon

Bangladesh is unfortunate. Despite playing well against Lebanon at home in their second match in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, they eventually left the field with a 1-1 draw due to a missed goal. However, Bangladesh got 1 point by stopping strong Lebanon which is ahead in the ranking. This one point is a big achievement for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh will face Lebanon at 6:30 PM at Bashundhara Kings Arena in the capital. Lebanon is 79 steps ahead of Bangladesh in the ranking gap. However, Jamal Bhuiara showed dominance in the first half regardless of the gap at home. However, the regret remains for not being able to score despite having the opportunity. Bangladesh missed not one, not two, but at least three scoring chances in the first half against Lebanon. The Morsalin-Sohels have drowned the supporters of Red Green in despair.

Bangladesh, who dominated the first half, fell behind in the second half in the 67th minute of the match. Majed Usman scored a goal in the 67th minute to lead Lebanon. But Bangladesh did not take much time to repay that goal. Morsalin brought the team back to parity in the 72nd minute with a great shot from outside the box.

Bangladesh footballers do not usually see such goals in the international arena. Morsaline’s goal is outstanding and unique in all categories – distance, speed, accuracy.

The most interesting moment of this match was the young striker’s goal. The sight of beautiful goals from such a distance is rarely seen in Bangladeshi football. Morsalin has proved his ability and ability by scoring four goals in nine matches.

Bangladesh had a golden opportunity to go ahead a minute before the allotted time. Substitute Rafiqul Islam made a perfect pass to Morsalin. Morsalin could not take a proper shot from the box. His shot bounced into the sidenet. Bangladesh substitute goalkeeper Mehdi Hasan Shraban stopped an attack by Lebanon in the last minute of injury time.

Bangladesh faced this four times against Lebanon. Bangladesh have won one, drawn one and lost twice in four matches. Bangladesh maintained their unbeaten record against Lebanon in home matches. In 2011 World Cup Qualifier, Bangladesh won 0-2 at Bangabandhu Stadium. In that match, the match was muddy due to rain. Today, Bangladesh also got some advantages from the King’s Arena in terms of the field.

(21 November/NBW)


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