Bangladesh go down 2-0 to Palestine in Bangabandhu Gold Cup

DHAKA Bangladesh suffered a 2-0 goals defeat to

strong Palestine in the inaugural group A match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup

International Football tournament that was began on Wednesday at Bangabandhu

National Stadium.

With this day's defeat, Bangladesh's chance to play semifinal become

difficult as they must have to win against Sri Lanka in the group last match

on Sunday (January 19) to stay in the championship race. Not only that the

hosts will have to look at the result of Palestine-Sri Lanka match.

Bangladesh went early attack in the 9th minute as Mamunul's goal bound

right footer angular shot from top of the D box was fisted by Palestine goal

keeper Tawfiq for safety.

Palestine, however, went ahead in the 28th minute of the match. Following

a counter attack as Oday Kharoub taking the ball ran down from the mid field

and provided to pass to striker Khaled Selim who sailed the ball home with a

feeble shot finding the Bangladesh custodian Ashraful helpless under the bar

(1-0).

Two minutes later, Bangladesh had chance to restore the parity but referee

whistled Topu's close range header for off side.

After the lemon break, Palestine came to the field with more organised way

and doubled the lead in the 58th minute. Forward Layth Kharoub after

receiving a long pass from Mohamed Darwish, sent the ball home with a right

footer shot from close range giving no chance to Bangladesh goalie Ashraful

under the bar (2-0).

Compared to Palestine, Bangladesh got number of chances in the first half

but failed to convert any of those into a goal.

However, Bangladesh tried hard to stage a fight back in the second half

but all the efforts went in vain in front of Palestine's packed defence.

After the match, Bangladesh head coach James Day said boys played well but

they lost the match for some mistakes.

He hoped the boys would come out strongly in the second match against Sri

Lanka.

Palestine assistant coach Fahad Aten said they are very happy to win the

first match and hoped to maintain the consistency in the remaining matches.

Squads:

Bangladesh- Ashraful, Rayhan, Rahmat, Topu, Yeasin, Jamal, Mamunul, Sadd,

Matin, Sohel and Ibrahim

Palestine- Tawfiq, Mousa, Khalil, Kharoub, Abuwarda, Darwish, Selim,

Maraaba, Kharoub Radwan and Yazan

Referee- Sunfish Kumar Pandey (Nepal)

Thursday's match: Mauritius vs Burundi at 5 pm.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)