SAFF Women\'s Championship
Sabitra's Nepal beat Bangladesh 4-0
SAFF Women's ChampionshipFollowing a charismatic performance of Nepal's 20 years aged Sabitra Bhandari, the daughter of Himalaya won over Bangladesh women by 3-0 margin in the last group match of the ongoing SAFF Women's Championship 2019 on Saturday at the Shaheed Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar, Nepal.
The Saturday match was a group top decider since Bangladesh women already confirmed the semi-final round along with host Nepal after Bhutan, one of the three group rivals, lost both the group matches.
The galleries were full with Bangladeshis living in Nepal. They came to inspire and support their heroines on the day. Despite a huge supports, the women in red and greens failed to win the match on the day.
The person behind the win of Ghurkhas was Sabitra Bhandari who scored one and assisted to score another one. Sabitra became a popular name in Nepali women's football for her stunning performance in the team last few years. The booter of Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) became headlines scoring the highest number of goals in the fourth SAFF Women's Championship which was held in Siliguri, India in 2016. Netting 12 goals, six against Bhutan, five goals against the Maldives and one goal against India, she had surprised many. She is also the first Nepali woman footballer to score double hat-trick in a single international match.
The famed striker broke into Bangladesh danger zone in the 5th minute fooling the markers although a quick intercept of Shamsunnahar sr. saved the red and greens for the time being. But, the Sabina-Maria battalion went to back foot in the very next minute. Bangladesh defender Masura Parveen was trying to interrupt a flight with a header and the bounced ball entered the post.
In the 10th minute, Nepal skipper and striker Niru Thapa found Bangladesh custodian Rupna Chakma in one-to-one position after entering the box but failed to utilise the chance.
The Ghurkhas doubled the lead in the 23rd minute when scorer Sabitra Bhandari entered the box from the left wing, overcame her marker and Bangladesh custodian and hit the post.
The host scored the third goal in the 28th minute, Sabitra entered from right flank, passed the ball to fellow striker Manjali Kumari Yonjan who sent it home making no mistake.
Bangladesh failed to reduce the margin but succeeded to prevent the opponents from scoring any more till the long whistle.