Bangladesh exit from Bangabandhu International Gold Cup


Cox’s Bazar, Oct 10, 2018 (BSS)- Bangladesh’s hope of playing final of
the prestigious Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football tournament
vanished into blue as they suffered a 2-0 goal defeat to strong Palestine in
their second semifinal held on Wednesday at Birshreshtha Ruhul Amin Stadium

With the win Palestine confirmed their final spot and they will meet
first semi-final winners Tajikistan in the title deciding battle scheduled to
be held on Friday at country’s premier venue Bangabandhu National Stadium in
the capital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to present in the final as the
chief guest.

In the day’s match, Mohammed Balah opened an account for Palestine early
in the 8th minute while Sameh Maraaba sealed the victory scoring the second
goal for Palestine in the 90+4th minute of the match.

Bangladesh, however, conceding early goal tried to stage a fight back
but they failed to score any goal in front of fifteen thousand capacity jump-
packed stadium.

Earlier, Bangladesh finished group B runners-up when they beat Laos by
1`-0 goal and suffered a solitary goal defeat to Philippines in their last
group encounter.

On the other hand, Palestine beat emerged group top after beating
Tajikistan by 2-0 goals in their group opening match and edged past Nepal by
1-0 goals in their group second match.