Bangladesh is in the next stage of World Cup qualification after defeating Maldives
Bangladesh beat Maldives 2-1 to advance to the main round of World Cup qualifiers. Bangladesh couldn’t hold the lead despite going ahead at the Kings Arena today. Maldives equalized in the first half. But at the beginning of the second half, Faisal Ahmed made the scoreline 2-1.
In the end, Bangladesh won the second leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off by keeping this distance.As the first leg was drawn in Maldives, this match became the ‘final’ for the two teams to play in the qualifying group stage. Rakib and Faisal scored two goals and finally Bangladesh won that final. There was great movement in Bangladesh’s winning goal at the beginning of the second half.
Right back Vishwanath played an upper-over long ball from down on the right side. Left back Saad stepped up and crossed the ball, which went straight into the hands of the Maldivian goalkeeper. But if Hussain Sharif could not hold it, Faisal got the return ball. Faisal, who squandered several chances in the first leg, made no mistake this time to open his first goal in the national team.
Despite being 2-1, Bangladesh got a chance to increase the goal. There was fear that the Maldives would also return to parity. But in the end, Bangladesh left the field with a convincing performance. Rakib gave the first lead in the 11th minute of the match. Aisam Ibrahim equalized from a corner in the 34th minute.