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Bhutan out of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018

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.

Tshering from Thimphu

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