Bangladesh thrash host Sri Lanka 5-1 in opener

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Bangladesh U-17 football team got off to a flying start when they thrashed hosts Sri Lanka 5-1 in their opening Group A match at Racecourse International Stadium in Colombo on Monday (05).

Bangladesh dominated early play and took the lead when Rubel Shaikh netted in the seventh minute, and Murshed Ali doubled the lead just three minutes later.

After resumption, Murshed further widened the margin with his second in the 75th minute, before Yaseer Sharfraz made it 3-1 two minutes later.

Sirajul Islam Rana bagged the fourth for Bangladesh in the 79th minute, while Nazim Uddin completed the rout in the 90th minute.

The boys in red and green completely dominated entire proceedings, while the Islanders were totally off-colour. 

Earlier, in the day’s opening Group B match, India made a good start as they blanked Bhutan 3-0 at the same venue.

Bangladesh, pitted in Group A along with Sri Lanka and Maldives, will play their second and last group stage match against the Maldives on Wednesday.

A total of six teams – hosts Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, defending champions India, Nepal and Bhutan – split into two groups, are taking part in the regional tournament.

The top two teams from each group will play the semi-finals next Monday, while the final of the tournament is slated for 14 September.

All matches will be held at Racecourse International Stadium.