Bangladesh face India tomorrow in SAFF U-15 tie

DHAKA, It will be an acid test for Bangladesh as they face mighty India in their last crucial match in a bid to confirm the spot in the final of the SAFF U-15 Championship scheduled to be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.

The match kicks off at 3.30 pm (BST).

Following an impressive wins against Bhutan and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh put in a below-par performance against Nepal by losing the match 4-1 goals that means Bangladesh and Nepal are now equal on six points from three matches each.

While India, following a 5-0 win over Bhutan in their third match, topped the round-robin group with maximum nine points and confirmed their spot of final. Bangladesh and Nepal still have the possibility to catch India, subject to victories in the respective final group matches.

However, it will not be an easy task because Bangladesh's chances of advancing to the final look very slim as they must beat India by a big margin to take an edge in head-to-head/goal-difference/goals-scored count if more than two teams finish on top with equal points.

The boys in red and green Bangladesh will go through with a draw against India if Nepal lose against minnows Bhutan in their last match.

Earlier, Bangladesh got off to an auspicious start as they blew away Bhutan by 5-2 goals in their opening match and dumped Sri Lanka by 7-1 goals in their second match.

On the other hand, India made a auspicious start crushing Nepal 5-0, Bhutan 7-0 and Sri Lanka 5-0.

Five of the South Asian countries are taking part in the regional championship. The five participating teams � defending champions Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka � are playing in the round-robin format from where the top two teams will advance to the final slated for August 31.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)