Defending champions Bangladesh outclassed hosts Bhutan 5-0 in the second semi-final of the 2nd SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Thursday evening.
The Young Tigresses qualified for the semifinal by becoming group champions courtesy of a 14-0 hammering of Pakistan and a 3-0 win over Nepal.
Defender Anai Mogini opened the scoring with a scorching 25-yard shot in the 18th minute in the crucial knockout match. Anai’s sister Anuching then doubled the lead for Bangladesh with a deft volley that dipped just under the bar and into the net in the 38th minute of the match.
The holders raced to a 3-0 lead after Saraban Tohura finished off a fine move in the 43rd minute. Akhi Khatun pierced the Bhutan defence with a through ball and Sajeda Khatun latched onto it with a well-timed run before squaring the ball to Tohura, who duly guided the ball into the open net.
Midfielder Maria Manda added the fourth in the 68th minute while substitute Shaheda Akhter competed the Bhutan rout, scoring the fifth in the 86th minute.
Bangladesh girls, who have so far scored 22 goals without conceding any, will play India in the final at the same venue on Saturday. India beat Nepal 2-1 in the first semifinal earlier on the the day. Bangladesh also faced India in the final of the inaugural edition on home soil and won the game 1-0.