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SAFF Championship

  • 4 September 2013
  • • 18:15
  • • Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu
  • Referee: T. Shamsuzzaman

Live Commentary

  • Well thats all for the game. Do join us tomorrow for the match between India and Nepal. Send your views about today's two games to @ayush_sri This is your commentator Ayush Srivastava signing out. Ciao
  • 90' + 2'
    Maldives continue to threaten, while Bhutan can't seem to wait for the final whistle
  • 90' + 2'
    Maldives continue to threaten, while Bhutan can't seem to wait for the final whistle
  • 89'
    Chencho goes to the other end and unleashes a rasping drive that forces the keeper to tip it over for a corner.
  • 87'
    Umair now goes free down the right and has two picks at the cherry. First time his shot is saved by the keeper while the second time he hits it wide.
  • 85'
    Another attack by Maldives and Ashfaq muscles past a defender and unleashes a shot which the goalkeeper somehow keeps out
  • 82'
    Goal Ali Umar
    And another goal. 8-2. Ashfaq the provider this time. He cuts past a defender and goalkeeper and then squares for Ali Umar who takes a touch takes it all the way to the line and then finishes it off.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionAhmed Shafiu Rilwan Waheed
  • 79'
    Goal Ali Ashfaq
    Another Ashfaq goal. I am having difficulty keeping in touch.. Another ball slices open the Bhutan defense. Ashfaq strides in and yet again beats the keeper.
  • 76'
    Goal Ali Ashfaq
    Ali Ashfaq makes it 6-2. Ball by Niyaz, he muscles past the defender and slots it home.
  • 73'
    Tshering Dorji with a snapshot that is just wide of the far post reminds Maldives of the fact that they are in a match here.
  • 69'
    Goal Ali Fasir
    Ali Fasir makes it 5-2 now. Its taking the shape of a bit of a rout. Ashfaq passes the ball inwards to the midfielder, who takes a touch and lets rip. The custodian has no answer to it and the ball finds the back of the net.
  • 64'
    An injury to Chencho slows down the momentum of the game. Do you think the sending off spoiled a good game? Tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 60'
    Ali Ashfaq twists and turns before unleashing a shot which the keeper parries away
  • 58'
    SubstitutionYeshey Dorji Dawa Gyeltshen
  • 58'
    SubstitutionTshering Wangdi Ugyen Dorji
  • 58'
    Maldives now dominating.Bhutan leaving a lot of space at the back, and it is bound to be exploited soon
  • 55'
    Umair chips over after being found by Mohd. Rasheed. The keeper rushed out and the midfielder decided to chip the ball, but it beat both, the keeper, and the post.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Yeshey Dorji
  • 51'
    Goal Ali Ashfaq
    Ali Ashfaq with his eight goal of the Championship. A cross by Ali Umar and Ashfaq does the rest at the far post. 4-2 now and I think there will be a few more. Bhutan don't deserve to be humiliated though.
  • 48'
    Goal Ali Ashfaq
    And the inevitable has happened. Maldives go ahead courtesy Ali Ashfaq. Good pull back by Ali Fasir into the box where the Man of Steel makes no mistake in steering the ball home.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAhmed Imaaz Ali Umar
  • 46'
    Maldives kick us off for the second half.
  • That's all from the half, tweet your views regarding the red card and the half so far to @ayush_sri and join us for the second half soon.
  • 45' + 3'
    Goal Mohamed Umair
    And wouldn't you know it, Maldives score from the ensuing freekick. mohd. Umair places it into the back of the net. Major heart break for the Bhutanese.
  • 45' + 2'
    SubstitutionSonam Tenzing Hemlal Bhattrai
  • 45'
    Red Card Leki Dukpa
    Calamity strikes for Bhutan as Leki Dukpa gets sent off for bringing down Ali Ashfaq. That was unnecessary and rash by the keeper, as he comes out to clear when he had no chance of reaching there.
  • 43'
    Tashering Dorji with a freekick for Bhutan which he hits straight to keeper.
  • 40'
    SubstitutionIsmail Easa Ahmed Niyaz
  • 40'
    Bhutan continue defending resolutely, with Maldives not really sure how to get back here. Ashfaq has been subdued here.
  • 35'
    Goal Chencho Gyeltshen
    OH MY GOD!! Can you believe it! Bhutan have the lead. Maldives put too many bodies forward and that allows Chencho Gyeltshen to go free in-behind the defense. Under pressure and with the keeper to beat, he decides to chip the keeper, and does so with aplomb! What a finish, and I am needing to pinch myself!
  • 31'
    And what valiant defending and goalkeeping there! First Ali Fasir breaks through and crosses for Umair, whose shot is somehow blocked by the keeper. The ball falls to Imaaz Ahmed and his shot beats the keeper but Karun Gurung blocks it on the line.!
  • 28'
    You wouldn't believe it, but Bhutan are actually dominating the game! Are Maldives guilty of being complacent? Tweet your thoughts to @ayush_sri
  • 25'
    Goal Passang Tshering
    OH MY GOD! Finally they equalize! And boy have they deserved it! Tshering Wangdi puts in a teasing cross from the right wing, and Passang steals in between the two defenders to head the ball home. AMAZING!
  • 20'
    HOW UNLUCKY ARE BHUTAN!! Tshering Dorji lets rip from distance this time and the keeper is beaten. However this time the ball comes straight back off the cross-bar. Are you surprised by their spirited showing so far? Tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 16'
    Goal Ali Fasir
    GOAL!! Ali Fasir puts Maldives ahead. He is found by Ashfaq on the right wing and the winger lets rip from there. The keeper should have saved it, went right through him
  • 13'
    Bhutan doing surprisingly well, always keeping the ball. Are you happy with their performance so far!!
  • 12'
    Yellow Card Ali Ashfaq
  • 10'
    CLOSE!! And Bhutan almost take a surprising lead, as Yeshey Dorji's piledriver beats the keeper, but comes back into play off the post. It still falls to Chencho who should have composed himself and maybe taken a touch. But he hits it first time and it goes wide.
  • 7'
    First chance for Maldives as Arif puts a ball forward and THREE Red Snappers' players beat the offside trap. However the keeper is alert and comes out to smother the danger
  • 4'
    And a huge roar goes up in the stands as Chencho Gyeltshen heads goalwards. But it is directly at the keeper, who gathers gratefully
  • 1'
    Bhutan kick us off here, and instantly Maldives take over possession
  • The national anthems of the two teams are going on now
  • Maldives Subs: Mohamed Imran (gK), Asadhulla Abdulla, Ahamed Abdulla, Ahamed Niyaz, Rilwan Waheed, Ali Umar, Ahamed Rasheed, Ifrah Ibhrahim Areef (gk), Hassan Adhuham
  • MALDIVES: Mohamed Sifan, Mogamed Arif, Ali Asfaq (c), Ali Fasir, Akram Abul Gani, Ismail Easa, Shafiu Ahamed, Mohamed Rasheed, Imran Mohamed, Imaaz Ahamed, Mohamed Umair
  • Bhutan Subs: Diwash Subba, Dawa Gyeltshen, Nima Sangay, Ugyen Dorji, Sonam Yoezer, Biren Basnet, Man Bdr. Gurung, Migma Tshering (gk), Mon Bdr. Bhattrai
  • BHUTAN: Leki (gk), Passang (c), Pema, Sonam Tenzin, Chencho Gyeltshen, Chencho, Tshering Wangdi, Yeshley Dorji, Tshering Dorji, Pema Rinchen, Karun Gurung
  • We've got the line-ups of the two teams
  • It's a must win tie for Bhutan at any cost, but will the Red Snappers go down after beating Sri Lanka 10-0 in their opener?
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