Bahrain reached the final of the 4th Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament shocking hosts Bangladesh National team by a solitary goal in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Monday.
Touring Bahrain will play the final of the eight-team prestigious meet on Friday against the winner of the 2nd semifinal between Nepal
and the Maldives, who will meet each other on Tuesday
In the first semifinal, midfielder Ebrahim Alhooti scored the match-winning goal for Bahrain in the stopgap time of the first half
by a cool header from goalmouth melee capitalising on a faulty clearance by Bangladesh goalie Shahidul Alam (1-0).
In the 24th minute, Bangladesh midfielder Hemanta Vincent Biswas danced down the right flank to provide a neat cut back through the
Bahrain defence, but forward Sakhawat Hossain Rony and Mithun Chowdhury missed the ball line.
In the 41st minute, Bahrain forward Anwar Ali’s left footed free kick was fisted out for corner by Bangladeshi goalie Shahidul Alam.
Bangladesh started the second half with pressing football and created some opportunities.
In the 51st minute, Bangladesh forward Mithun Chowdhury delivered a close-ranged low cross from left flank and Sakhawat Hossain Rony connected the ball by a diving low header from the top of the six-yard box, but was unfortunate as the ball bounced back from the
lower portion of the left post which was cleared by the Bahrain goalie.
Bahrain reached the semifinal as Group-B runners-up bagging five points from three matches with one win and two draws. Bahrain beat
Cambodia by 1-0, played 1-1 against the Maldives while drew with Bangladesh Olympic team also by 1-1.
Bangladesh confirmed their semifinal berth as the Group-A champion securing six points from three matches with one win and two draws.
Bangladesh crushed Sri Lanka by 4-2 goals, played 1-1 against Malaysia while finished the group battles with a goalless draw against Nepal.
Bahrain team: Salem Adel (Ali Husain Ali), Ablaziz Shellal, Nasir Alqasmi (captain), Mohamed Alnaar, Anwar Ali, Ebrahim Alhooti, Saeed
Mubarak, Mahboob Aldoseri, Abdulrahman Abdullah, Salman Abdulla and Ahmed Althuwaini (Jasim Abdul Aziz Obaid).
Bangladesh team: Sahidul Alam, Jamal Bhuiyan, Yasin Khan, Yeamin Ahmed Chowdhury Munna, Mamunul Islam Mamun (Sohel Rana), Hemonta Vinsent Biswas, Mithun Chowdhury (Tapu Barman), Rayhan Hasan, Monaem Khan Raju (Jewel Rana), Mohammad Nasir Uddin and Mohammed Shakhawat.
Referee: Shivakorn Pu-Udom (Thailand).