Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup 2010
SL record first win, Myanmar and Tajikistan enter semis

Sri Lanka beat their regional associates Bangladesh 3-0 in their last Group ‘A’ match of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup 2010 held at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

Thus the hosts could register their first win in the tournament after two successive defeats in their group matches. But they don’t have any chances of qualifying for semi-finals of the tournament on yesterday’s result.

In Saturday’s match, Sri Lankan forward Kaiz Mohammed scored the opening goal in the 6th minute of play to give an early lead to the hosts. Bangladeshi goal-keeper Aminul was red-carded in the 38th minute for blocking Kaiz for which Chathura Gunaratne got an opportunity for a free kick in which he succeeded scoring the second goal for Sri Lanka. At half time, the hosts led 2-0.

In the second half, Sri Lanka forward player Sanjeev tightened the screws for Sri Lanka scoring the 3rd in the 84th minute of play.

Myanmar lose to Tajikistan

Meanwhile in the second match of the day, Group ‘A’’s top team Myanmar suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of Tajikistan by 3-0 at the CR & FC grounds.

With this win, Tajikistan will now be playing in the semi-finals as the 1st runner-up from Group ‘A’. Myanmar secured the top position of the Group recording two wins and six goals under their belt.

Today’s Fixtures -

Group ‘B’:

India Vs North Korea at 3.00 p.m. at Sugathadasa Stadium

Turkmenistan Vs Kyrgyzstan at 3.00 p.m. at CR & FC Ground.

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