Bhutan out of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018

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In the bat­tle of the SAARC coun­tries in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018, Bhutan lost to the host coun­try Bangladesh 2 – 0 in the open­ing match on Tues­day and lost to Nepal by 4 – 0 on Thurs­day in the on­go­ing SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 at Banga­bandhu Na­tional Sta­dium in Bangladesh.

In the open­ing game, the Bhutanese team was put un­der pres­sure from the game start. The pres­sure paid off when Bangladesh de­fender, Topu Bar­man net­ted in the first goal in the third minute of the first half from the penalty spot. In the sec­ond half, af­ter two min­utes, Bangladesh forward Mah­bubur Rah­man Su­fil dou­bled the scored and ended the game at 2 – 0.

In the sec­ond match, Bhutan faced the neigh­bor­ing coun­try Nepal on Thurs­day. Nepal over­pow­ered Bhutan 4-0. In the match, Nepal took the lead in the 21st minute with a goal by Ananta Ta­mang and ended the first half 1-0.

In the sec­ond half, Dragon boys gave a tough fight but Nepal won the penalty af­ter Ni­ra­jan Khadka was fouled in­side the box by a Bhutanese de­fender Nima Wangdi and handed a red card but Su­nil Bal scored a re­bound from an un­suc­cess­ful spot kick by Bi­mal Ghar­tima­gar and dou­bled the lead.

Bharat Khawas scored the third goal of the match in the 77th minute while Ni­ra­jan Khadka added a fourth goal in the 88th minute.

In the other match, Bangladesh de­feated Pak­i­tan 1 – 0 and topped the ta­ble with six points fol­lowed by Nepal and Pak­istan with three points each while with the loss, Bhutan is now at the bot­tom of group A with no points.

Bhutan will play the last game against Pak­istan to­day.

Bhutan is placed in Group A along with Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pak­istan na­tional men’s foot­ball team.

The na­tional team left for a week-long train­ing in Thai­land on Au­gust 25. The na­tional team played two first friendly matches and suf­fered 0-5 loss to Bangkok Glass FC and 1-2 to Buri­ram United B team. Bhutan played the first SAFF cham­pi­onship in 2003 and had its best record in 2008 when it reached semi-fi­nal.

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