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South Asian Games
Bangladesh meet India in semis today
Sports Reporter
Published :Saturday, 13 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 12

Defending champions of the SA Games football Bangladesh Men Olympic Football Team will engage with India rivals in a vital semi-final today (Saturday) at 7:30pm in the ongoing South Asian Games-2016 in India.
It is the last hurdle for the Bengal Tigers to play the final and Indians are much stronger team in recent times. Also the benefit of home venue will be a plus point for the host.
Bangladesh's Spanish coach Gonzalo Sanchez Moreno said, "It will not be an easy fight against the host. Yet I believe my boys will win the match if they can play their usual game tomorrow (Saturday)."
Bangladesh defeated the very rival India by 1-0 in the semi-final in the last edition of SA Games in 2010.
However, the Bengal boys are lagging behind of the Indians in the head-to-head statistics. So far, Bangladesh Olympic Team won only a single match of the five matches they played against India. India won two of the matches while the other two matches were tied.
This year, Bangladesh suffered a 1-1 draw against Bhutan in their first group-match and defeated Nepal by 2-1 margin in the next match to become the unbeaten group champion with four points.
On the other hand, losing to Sri Lanka by a single goal in the opener, India were under a little bit pressure and poorly managed to secure the semis as the group runners-up with a 3-2 win against weak Maldives in the last match.
Bangladesh, who had to play two matches within two days, are slightly tired and tried to recover the weariness with a one-day rest on Friday.
Coach said that everyone in the team was fit for the important match next day.
He said, "My defenders are more experienced and they indeed played well against powerful Jordan in the mean time."
"Some time the teams manage to make out goal against the strong defence of the opponent which is what Nepalese did in the last match against us. But, my boys recovered from the situation and I'm sure they will do well against India tomorrow."
Regarding the strategy, coach said, "More than attacking or counter attacking, we will need to concentrate on keeping control over the ball in the match to win it."

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