The Bangladesh U-15 national football team beat holders India by 4-2 goals in penalty shootout to enter the final of SAFF U-15 Championship on Thursday at All Nepal Football Association complex in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bangladesh will now play final against the day’s second semifinal winners Pakistan or Nepal, scheduled to be held on Saturday at the same venue. The keenly contested first semi-final match rolled in to a tie breaker after the regulation time ended in a 1-1 goal draw.
In the regulation time, Harsh Shailesh Patre put India ahead early in the 17th minute while Ashikur Rahman restored the parity converting a spot kick in the 90+3 minute of the match.
Bangladesh goalie Mehdi Hasan blocked two spot kicks.
Earlier, the boys in red and green stormed into the semi-final crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in their opening group A match and emerged group top with a 2-1 goal victory over host Nepal.
Bangladesh U-15 team – Rabiul Alam, Labibur Rahman, Rajon Howladar, Mohammad Raful Rahim, Mohammad Mahedi Hasan, Nihat Jaman Ucchash, Tuhidul Islam Riday, Rostom Islam Dukhu Mia, Raja Ansari, Sagor Sorkar, M Maruf Ahmed Mugdho, Ariful Haque Shemanto, Najmul Ahmed Sakil, Al Amin, Abu Taleb Pavez, Moinul Islam Moin, Kamran Uddin Raju, Mitul Marma, Mehedi Hasan, Helal Ahmed, Ashikur Rahman, Ibne Ahad Sakil and Rasel Ahmed.-BSS