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SAFF Championship 2021: Maldives end Bangladesh's unbeaten run

Maldives beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the SAFF Championship 2021. (Image: Waddey Ali)
Maldives beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the SAFF Championship 2021. (Image: Waddey Ali)

Maldives registered their first win of the SAFF Championship 2021 as they defeated Bangladesh by a 2-0 scoreline at the National Stadium in Male. The hosts are now placed third in the standings with three points in two games while Bangladesh have four points from three fixtures.

Bangladesh started the game on a positive note and dictated the terms of the game in the initial exchanges. However, the hosts soon took complete control over the game in the SAFF Championship 2021.

The first real chance of the game came in the 28th minute when Ali Ashfaq played the ball to Hussain Nihan in front of goal. He just had to find the target from point blank range but scuffed it wide as Saad Uddin was in front of him.

Ali Ashfaq set up Ali Fasir for a finish inside the Bangladesh box but the latter blasted it wide in the 43rd minute. Ashfaq had a go at goal himself on the cusp of half-time but was denied by Anisur Rahman at the Bangladesh goal.

Maldives scored twice in the second-half to win 2-0 in the SAFF Championship 2021

The Maldives continued to dominate the proceedings in the second-half. Hamza Mohammed broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion in the 55th minute. He dispatched a header from Hussain Nihan into the back of the Bangladesh goal with an overhead kick in the SAFF Championship 2021 clash.

The hosts made it 2-0 when Maldives hit Bangladesh on the counter. Hassan Niaz made a darting solo run against the run of play and was brought down by Sohel Rana inside the box. The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute.

FT: 2-0, Maldives wins! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป#RedSnappers have secured their first 3 points of this tournament & ascended to the 3rd place of the table! Well played @maldives_team! We're proud of you! ๐Ÿ’šโค๏ธ๐ŸคKudos to Bangladesh ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Team for putting up a great fight.๐Ÿ‘#OoredooSAFFChampionship2021 https://t.co/9NLzq2aeSr

Ashfaq stepped up and slotted the penalty into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0 in the 74th minute. Maldives continued their attacking onslaught with more attempts on goal for the rest of the game.

Ashfaq set up Ali Fasir for the shot who was denied by a reflex save by Anisur Rahman for Bangladesh. The visitors never managed to get hold of the game as the hosts ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in the SAFF Championship 2021.

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Edited by Diptanil Roy
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