Bangladesh record deserving 1-0 win over hosts Cambodia in international friendly


Visitors Bangladesh defeated Cambodia 1-0 in an international friendly held at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium as part of the preparations for  the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers slated to be held later this month. 

Both the sides fielded a majority of U-23 players as they build up to the continental championship qualifiers starting March 22 and it was Bangladesh who were the superior side for the most part of the 90 minutes.

However, it was only in the 83rd minute that Bangladesh finally found an opener. It was Mohammed Rabiul Hassan who broke the deadlock with a simple finish and gave the travelling side a win against the Angkor Warriors. 

Bangladesh created several chances throughout the game with their forward Nabib Newaz Ziban failing to convert a handful of chances that came his way in either halves.

Meanwhile, Cambodia came close in the 34th minute when Chhong Bunnath’s effort from a corner kick skimmed the roof of the net. Yeu Muslim also had another chance to give open the scoring in front of the Cambodian fans in the 59th minute, but his header from a free kick flew inches wide of the goal.

Cambodia will host Group H of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers with Australia, Korea Republic and Chinese Taipei travelling to the country to play the matches between March 22 and 26.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh travel to Bahrain where they are pooled with the hosts, Palestine and Sri Lanka in Group B.

(Photos: Football Federation of Cambodia)