Kathmandu: The second friendly match between Nepal National Women’s Football Team and Bangladesh ended in a draw.
Earlier, Nepal had won the first friendly match 2-1. Nepal drew with Bangladesh for the second time. Earlier, Nepal had drawn 1-1 with Bangladesh in the 2019 Olympic qualifiers. Nepal is undefeated in 8 matches between Nepal and Bangladesh so far.
In the second game, head coach Gary Phillips changed three players in the first selection in the second game. He replaced goalkeeper Angela Subba, midfielder Manjali Kumari Yonjan and Sabita Rana, who made her debut in the previous game, with Anjana Rana Magar, Anita Basnet and Rashmi Kumari Ghising as first picks.
In the previous match, Nepal had scored two goals within 23 minutes. But in the second game, Bangladesh played well from the start. In the first half, both teams could not take advantage of some goal opportunities. Nepal’s Saru Limbu and Vimala Chaudhary got the chance to score but the finishing was not good. Similarly, Bangladeshi goalkeeper Rupna Chakma made some good saves.
Nepal changed two players in the second half but could not score. In the 66th minute, Rashmi Ghising and Anita Basnet were replaced by Sabita Rana and Anita KC.
In the 89th minute, Nepal’s Rajni Thokar made her debut as an alternate player. She had entered the field in place of Priti Rai.
Nepal and Bangladesh will now travel to Uzbekistan to play in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers. Nepal is in Group F. The group also includes the Philippines and Hong Kong.
Nepal will play the first match against the Philippines on September 20 and the second match against Hong Kong on September 20. The top team in the group will be selected for next year’s Asia Cup in India.
Similarly, Bangladesh is in Group G. The group also includes Jordan and Iran.