DHAKA, Bangladesh suffered a lone goal defeat to Afghanistan in their away match of the joint Qualification (Round-1) of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 held today at Republican Central National Stadium in Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe.
In the day's match, Afghan midfielder Farshad Noor made all the different scoring the all important goal in the 27th minute with a brilliant header from close range utilizing on a free kick from Omid Popalzay securing all three points for his side.
Bangladesh have been put in the Group E along with Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan. Bangladesh will play their home match against stronger Qatar on October 10, away match with India on October 15, away match against Oman on November 14 and home match with Afghanistan on March 26 next year, away match with Qatar on March 31 Qatar and home matches with India on June 4 and Oman on June 9.
Bangladesh (182) are the lowest ranked side in the group while Afghanistan are ranked 149th. Qatar are the highest-ranked side at 62nd followed by Oman (87) and India (103).
Bangladesh squad: Shahidul Alam Sohel (GK), Ashraful Islam Rana (GK), Anisur Rahman (GK), Sushanto Tripura (DF), Rahmat Mia (DF), Yeasin Khan (DF), Bishwanath Ghosh (DF), Riyadul Hasan (DF), Yeasin Arafat (DF), Tutul Hosain Badsha (DF), Masuk Miah Zoni (MF), Jamal Bhuiyan (MF), Rabiul Hasan (MF), Mamunul Islam Mamun (MF), Sohel Rana (MF), Biplu Ahamed (MF), Arifur Rahman (MF), Mohammad Ibrahim (MF), Mahbubur Rahman (FW), Matin Miah (FW), Nabib Newaz Jiban (FW), Saad Uddin (FW) and Jewel Rana (FW).
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)