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SAFF Championship

  • 2 September 2013
  • • 15:15
  • • Halchowk Rangasala, Kathmandu

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 5'
    Yellow Card Ahmad Hatifie
  • 90' + 3'
    Bhutan go forward hoping to get another goal. Not able to find an opening though
  • 90'
    Afghanistan break down the left, but Marouf's cross is too close to the keeper, who gathers it gleefully, with Hashmatullah waiting behind him
  • 88'
    Goal Hashmatullah Barikzai
    GOAL!! And Afghanistan get their third. Loose ball broke to Hashmatullah, who dribbled past two players and rifled his shot home. Kargar jumps with joy on the sidelines.
  • 85'
    Afghanistan now presssing forward looking for another goal, but Bhutan have maintained their discipline. They definitely dont look like one of the worst team  in the world
  • 85'
    Afghanistan now presssing forward looking for another goal, but Bhutan have maintained their discipline. They definitely dont look like one of the worst team  in the world
  • 81'
    How did Sanjar Ahmadi not score there? Azadzoy hits a cross cum shot at the far post and Ahmadi is in touching distance of the goal-line, but instead hits the cross bar with his effort, and the ball goes back into play.
  • 78'
    Have to fell for Bhutan there. On the cusp of a equalizer and now two down. Hope they don't lose their motivation and end up conceding more.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionYusef Mashriqi Mohammad Rafi
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Mustafa Azadzoy
  • 76'
    Goal Mustafa Azadzoy
    BHUTAN MISS A PENALTY AND AFGHANISTAN SCORE!! All going on here! Passang is bought down in the box and a penalty is awarded to Bhutan. The Captain himself takes itt but the keeper pulls off a good save. Afghanistan break from the ensuing corner and Azadzoy hits great first time shot into the bottom corner. WHAT GREAT ACTION HERE!
  • 73'
    SubstitutionChencho Gyeltshen Ugyen Dorji
  • 70'
    And Afghanistan lose a golden chance to add their tally. Their winger squared the ball across the goal-mouth, but somehow it evaded 4 Afghanistan players in the box, before Jamhour tried to fake a foul to win a penalty and got himself yellow carded and a few sarcastic claps from the fans!
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Mohammad Marouf
  • 67'
    Sonam almost gets to the end of a Dorji flick on, but the keeper comes out to smother the chance.
  • 64'
    Bhutan enjoying majority of possession here now. Many journalists here cannot believe what is going on. One of them had predicted a scoreline in double figures!
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAmiruddin Mohammad Mohammad Marouf
  • 61'
    Some good uild-up play by subs Ahmadi and Jamhour sees Hafife getting a chance to unleash a shot from the edge of the box. But his shot is rising and goes over.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionSidiq Walizada Sandjar Ahmadi
  • 58'
    Yeshey Dorji almost equalizes for Bhutan! The keeper comes off his line but Dorji reaches before him and chips the keeper. the crowd rises to celebrate but a defender clears the ball before it could cross the line. Dramatic!
  • 55'
    SubstitutionBiren Basnet Yeshey Dorji
  • 55'
    Bhutan dominating possession right now, winning three successive corners. WHat a game they are having!
  • 52'
    And Afghanistan almost get a second, Walizada finds Hashmatullah, who was a bit too eager to make the run, and was found offside. Should have held his run there!
  • 48'
    Bhutan try to break down the right but Sonam's cross lacks conviction and is easily cleared. Bhutan enjoying a lot of possession in the middle of the park, with their captain Passang influencing the game well.
  • 46'
    And Bhutan kick us off in the second half. They look to keep the possession, but lack quality in attack.
  • What is certain is that Afghanistan need to score more goals, as in a tournament like this, goal difference could be a big factor in deciding the semi-final draw.
  • So are you surprised by how well Bhutan have held up in the first half? Let us know by tweeting to @ayush_sri
  • 45' + 2'
    And this is it for the half. As expected Afghanistan dominated possession, but Bhutan were no push-overs. Just one goal the difference between the two sides, and Yousef Kargar doesnt look too pleased.
  • 45' + 1'
    Hashmatullah has the ball in the back of the net but his celebrations are cut short by the offside flag.
  • 43'
    Leki gladly grabs hold of the ball from Hafife's volley, after the midfielder had been found by a deep cross by Walizada
  • 40'
    Afghanistan have another chance to increase their lead, but Hashmatullah cuts past a defender, but his eventual shot is off target.
  • 37'
    Goal Haroon Fakhruddin
    GOAL!! FInally Bhutan's resistance is broken as a Azadzoy corner is headed by Hashmatullah and Amiri nicks in ahead of the defender to head his side ahead.
  • 34'
    And Leki somehow prevents Amiruddin from getting a shot in on goal over there. He saved and spilled the ball on 2 occasions but each time parried the ball away from the winger, before his defenders cleared it. That moment encapsulated how hard Bhutan are defending.
  • 31'
    Afghanistan have a dangerous freekick here, after Hashmatullah is bought down by Pema. However Azadzoy blazes it well over.
  • 28'
    Hashmatullah misses a golden chance as he blazes over after being found by Amiruddin from the left wing. Afghanistan's bench getting slightly frustrated there.
  • 25'
    A  midfield battle being fought here. Bhutan understand their limitations and playing within them. Meanwhile Abhijeet Paul tweets that "It will be an easy win for the lions of khorasan. It will be 4-1 in favor of them.". Do you agree? Get your predictions in by tweeting to @ayush_sri
  • 21'
    And Gyeltshen almost goes through for Bhutan, but the keeper comes out to collect. Very brave start by Bhutan, can they keep up with this level of performance.
  • 18'
    Surprisingly no goals so far in the game as Bhutan holding their own over here, and have now won a corner!
  • 15'
    Amiri tried his hand from distance now, but the elft-back's effort is parried away by the keeper. Every touch and clearance made by Bhutan being cheered here!
  • 13'
    Afghanistan almost go ahead, but Leki comes out of his goal to sweep the ball off Hashmatullah's feet, as the striker almost was put clean through.
  • 10'
    Bhutan have their first shot, but it goes well wide of goal from Sonam Tenzin. But Bhutan Eleven doing well to press Afghanistan now.
  • 5'
    Bhutan already under the cosh, but no goals yet
  • 1'
    And Afghanistan kick us off here, and almost immediately Mohd. Sediq Walizada hits the post with a brilliant effort.
  • The players are now on the pitch. What are your predictions for the game? Tweet to @ayush_sri and we shall share them on Goal's live commentary.
  • Bhutan - Leki (GK), Passang (C), Pema, Sonam Tenzin, Chencho Gyletshen, Chencho, Tshering Wangdi, Tshering Dorji, Pema Rinchen, Riren Basnet, Karun Gurung.
    Subs - Diwash Subba, Dawa Gyeltshen, Nima Sangay, Ugyen Dorji, Sonam Yoezer, Yeshey Dorji, Man BDR. Gurung, Migma Tshering (GK), Mod BDR. Bhattarai (GK)
  • Here are the line-ups -
    Afghanistan - Ahmad Arash Hafifie, Mohd. Walizada, Ali Ahmad, Mohd. Mashriqi, H. Yousafzai (GK), H. Mohd Jan, Mustafa Azadzoy, Amiruddin Anwar, Farzad Ghulam Muhaiuddin, Mustafa Hadid, Haroon Fakhruddin (c)
  • This is Ayush Srivastava LIVE from the stadium. Get your predictions and views in on @ayush_sri and I shall try and share as many as possible.
  • Hello and welcome to Goal's coverage of the game between Afghanistan and Bhutan, LIVE from the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu