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2 vs 8
Played
September 4, 2013 6:15 PM IST
Dashrath Rangasala — Kathmandu
Referee:‬ T. Shamsuzzaman‎
 
Ali Fasir 16′
Umair Mohamad 45+3′
 
Ali Ashfaq 48′
 
Ali Ashfaq 51′
 
Ali Fasir 69′
 
Ali Ashfaq 76′
 
Ali Ashfaq 79′
 
Ali Umar 82′

Bhutan 2-8 Maldives: Ali Ashfaq scores four as Urbanyi's side march into the semis

Maldives record their second straight win courtesy Ali Ashfaq scoring four to record a regulation win against Bhutan...

Anselm Noronha

Ali Ashfaq, Bhutan vs Maldives : SAFF Cup
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By Anselm Noronha with Ayush Srivastava at the stadium

Maldives continued their imperious form  as they drubbed a 10-man Bhutan team 8-2 at the Dashrath Rangasala Stadium, Nepal, in a Group B match of the SAFF Championship 2013.

Ali Fasir put Maldives ahead in the 16th minute, while less than 10 minutes later the Red Snappers conceded their first goal in the competition when Passang Tshering (25') scored the equaliser before Chencho Gyeltshen made it 2-1 in favour of Bhutan in the 35th minute.

Maldivian midfielder Muhamed Umair (45+2') equalised at the stroke of half-time, while Bhutan goalkeeper Leki Dukpa saw red. Four more strikes by Ali Ashfaq (48', 51, 76', 79'), a second by Ali Fasir (69') and one by Ali Umar (82') completed the tally for István Urbányi's side.

It was Bhutan who started the match the better of the two sides as they almost found themselves in the lead in the 10th minute when Yeshey Dorji's piledriver had beaten goalkeeper Imran Mohamed all ends out but Chencho was not able to convert on the rebound.


FIXTURES/RESULTS
Minutes later, Ali Fasir put Maldives ahead by calmly slotting through the feet of Dukpa in goal after Ali Ashfaq found him with a pinpoint pass. Meanwhile Bhutan's bad luck in front of goal continued as Tshering Dorji's shot hit the woodwork.

However, the equaliser did come in the 25th minute when Passang Tshering headed home by getting on the end of a teasing cross by Tshering Wangdi from the right wing.

In the 31st minute, Bhutan custodian Dukpa held on to his nerves to parry Mohamed Umair's shot at goal, while defender Karun Gurung stood in the way of Imaaz Ahmed's attempt off the rebound.

With Maldives committing too many bodies forward, Chencho Gyeltshen was allowed a free run-in behind their defense. The latter chipped the ball above the orushing Imran Mohamed to put Kazuhori Ohara's side ahead for the first time in the match.

All the good work was wasted however when Leki Dukpa in the Bhutan goal was sent off at the stroke of half time for bringing down Ali Ashfaq just outside the box. It became worse as the resultant freekick was duly converted by Mohamed Umair to equalise for the Red Snappers.

As Maldives began the second half with a man advantage, there was no looking back as Ali Ashfaq made no mistake to steer in a pulled back pass by Ali Fasir in the 48th minute, and then continuing with his peerless form in front of goal by making it 4-2 after being set-up by Ali Umar in the 51st minute.

Ashfaq turned provider in the 69th minute, releasing Ali Fasir, who placed the ball at the back of the net as Bhutan's substitute keeper Hemlal Bhattrai looked on helplessly.

Bhattrai was left with the job of picking the ball from his net thrice more. Maldives substitue Mohamed Niyaz helped Asfaq complete his hat-trick in the 76th minute, who struck again to make it 7-2 three minutes later. Ashfaq rounded off his four goals by also setting up another assist in the match. He cruised past a  defender and the nervous substitute keeper with ease, before squaring it off to Ali Umar who had no problem guiding the ball into the empty net in the 82nd minute.

The result takes Maldives at the top of the table with an incredible goal difference of +16 over that of second placed Afghanistan (+5), with whom they will have their final group stage face-off on Friday to decide as to who shall take the top team from Group B.

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Bhutan

1
Leki Dukpa
Goalkeeper
45′
 - 
4
Pema Dorji
Defender
 - 
6
Sonam Tenzing
Striker
47′
 - 
13
 - 
17
Pema Rinchen
Defender
 - 
5
Passang Tshering
Midfielder
25′
 - 
16
Tshering Dorji
Midfielder
 - 
23
Karun Gurung
Defender
 - 
11
Chencho Nio
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
15
Yeshey Dorji
Striker
54′ 58′
 - 

Maldives

 - 
25
Imran Mohamed
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
13
 - 
17
 - 
19
 - 
6
Mohamed Arif
Midfielder
 - 
11
Ali Fasir
Striker
16′ 69′
 - 
15
Ismail Easa
Midfielder
40′
 - 
9
Imaaz Ahmed
Midfielder
46′
 - 
10
Mohamed Umair
Midfielder
 - 
7
Ali Ashfaq
Striker
12′ 48′ 51′ 76′ 79′

Substitutes

22
 - 
21
Migma Tshering
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
3
 - 
8
Nima Sangay
Defender
 - 
10
Sonam Yoezer
Midfielder
 - 
9
Ugyen Dorji
Midfielder
58′
 - 
18
Biren Basnet
Midfielder
 - 
2
Diwash Subba
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Mohammad Imran
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
4
 - 
8
 - 
23
Ahmed Niyaz
Midfielder
40′
 - 
-
Ahmed Rasheed
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
32
Ali Umar
Defender
46′ 82′
 - 
21

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 2
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ali Ashfaq Ali Ashfaq
Striker
Maldives
10 2
Mohamed Naufer Mohamed Issadeen Mohamed Naufer Mohamed Issadeen
Striker
4 0
Ali Fasir Ali Fasir
Midfielder
New Radiant
3 0
Anil Gurung Anil Gurung
Striker
Nepal
2 0
Passang Tshering Passang Tshering
Midfielder
Bhutan
2 0