Oman beat Bangladesh by 4-1 goals in the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asia Cup 2023 of the joint qualification round for at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman on Thursday.
Midfielders Mohsin Al Khaldi, Rabia Al Mandhar and Arshad Al Alaw and defender Amran Al Hidi scored one goal each for hosts Oman while midfielder Biplo Ahamed scored one for Bangladesh.
In the day’s other match, Afghanistan played 1-1 draw with India at Republican Central Stadium in Tajik Capital Dushanbe.
Despite winning the match, Oman remained in the 2nd slot with 9 points from 4 matches while Asian champions Qatar sit in pole opposition in the group with 10 points from 4 matches, Afghanistan are 3rd with 4 points from 4 matches, India are 4th with 3 points from 4 matches and Bangladesh are bottom with a solitary point from their 4 matches.
Bangladesh gave tough fight against their mighty opponents and hosts Oman from the very beginning of the match.
Oman, ranked nearly 100 sports higher in the FIFA rankings, tried to put pressure on Bangladesh with their attacking football but Bangladeshi defenders resisted all of their efforts and went into the dugout level-pegging after the first half.
In the second half, midfielder Mohsin Al Khaldi finally broke the deadlock scored with his left-footed shot from the edge of the box in the 48th minute (1-0).
In a span of ten minutes, Bangladesh conceded two more goals as midfielders Rabia Al Mandhar and substitute midfielder Arshad Al Alaw netted twice to widen the margin for the hosts in the 68th and 78th minutes (3-0).
Bangladesh scored their lone consolation goal when midfielder Biplo Ahamed sent the ball home with a clinical finish from inside the box in the 81st minute (3-1).
But defender Amran Al Hidi netted the hosts’ 4th goal in stoppage time (91st minute) to seal a comfortable victory for Oman (4-1), and hand Bangladesh their biggest defeat of the campaign so far.
The match saw Rayhan Hasan of Bangladesh getting a yellow card.
Bangladesh are in Group E of the qualification round with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and India.
Bangladesh team started their campaign in FIFA and AFC meet with a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the 1st match in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 10, conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in the 2nd match in Dhaka on October 10 and played to a 1-1 draw against India in their 3rd match in Kolkata on October 15.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan on March 26 next year in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
Oman: Ali Al Habsi, Abdulaziz Al Gheilani, Amran Al Hidi, Mohammed Al Musalammi, Ali Al Busaidi, Zahir Al Aghbari (Arshad Al Alawi-57th), Ahmed Mubarak, Mohsin Al Khaldi, Rabia Al Mandhar, Said Salim Al Razaiqi (Harib jamil Al saadi-64th), Mohsin Al Ghassani.
Bangladesh: Ashraful Islam Rana, Md Rahmat Mia, Yeasin Khan, Riyadul Hasan Rafi, Rayhan Hasan, Jamal Bhuyan, Biplo Ahamed, Nabib Newaz Ziban (Rabiul Hasan-90th), Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ibrahim, Saad Uddin.
Additional IGP Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan, also an official of Bangladesh Police Football Club, has been elected as new general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Club Association (BFCA).
The BFCA members raised their hands to support Maruf Hasan as general secretary after BFCA president Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin proposed his name at a meeting at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Thursday.
Sheikh Maruf Hasan replaced former General Secretary and the President of Arambagh Krira Sangha AKM Mominul Haque Saeed, who is one of the key accused for the casino scandal and now staying abroad to escape arrest.
The BFCA members also elected Badal Roy as the first senior vice-president and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahi as the second senior vice-president.
Bangladesh’s premier golfer and two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman shared the 11th slot with eight other golfers in the Panasonic Open (Golf) carding three-under par 69 after the first round in Gurgaon, India on Thursday.
The last-time runner-up of Panasonic Open, Siddikur Rahman, carded five birdies against two bogeys in the first round.
Other Bangladeshi golfers Badal Hossain shared the 26th place with six other golfers while Shakhawat Sohel the 56th position with another golfer after the first round matches.
Badal carded five birdies against three bogeys to score one-under par 71 while Sohel carded two birdies against six bogeys to score four-over par 76.
Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand clinched the top slot carding eight-under par 64, Danny Masrin of Indonesia followed the leader carding six-under par 66 while Arjun Prasad of India was in the 3rd slot carding five-under par 67.
Nepal clinched the five-nation first Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball title with all-win record beating the Maldives by straight 3-0 sets in the final at the Shaheed Suhrawardi National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.
The Maldives finished runners-up with three wins and two losses.
Hosts Bangladesh, which came to the limelight beating Kyrgyzstan by 3-2-sets in the last league match on Wednesday, finished 4th in the five-team fray losing to Kyrgyzstan by straight 0-3 sets in the 3rd place deciding match at the same venue on Thursday.
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak witnessed the day’s final as the chief guest and later he distributed the prizes.
Local MP Elias Uddin Mollah, DCC Mayor (North) and Bangladesh Volleyball Federation (BVF) President M Atiqul Islam, BOA Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza ,BVF general secretary Ashiqur Rahman Miku, Chairman of the Younus Group Mohammad Younus and the Ambassador of the Maldives Aishath Shaan Shakir were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, Bangladesh women’s team were eliminated from the title race after conceding two successive defeats, losing to Nepal by 0-3 sets in the 3rd match and suffering 0-3 sets defeat against the Maldives in the 2nd match after making a flying start beating Afghanistan by straight 3-0 sets in the opening match.
Nepal smartly reached final of the meet with all-win record beating the Maldives by straight 3-0 sets in the last league match.
Hosts Bangladesh made a flying start in the eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Cup’2019 beating Hong Kong by nine wickets in one of the four opening day’s matches at BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Thursday.
In the other opening day’s matches, Oman made the biggest upset beating holders Sri Lanka by four wickets at the academy ground of Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar, India defeated Nepal by seven wickets at BKSP ground-3 while Pakistan outplayed Afghanistan by eight wickets at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Main Stadium in Cox's Bazar.
Sent into bat first, Hong Kong scored 164 for 9 in stipulated 50 overs, featuring 51 runs in the 6th wicket stand by Haroon Arshad and captain Aizaz Khan.
Number seven Haroon Arshad scored the team highest 35 runs off 33 balls featuring three boundaries and on over boundary, captain Aizaz Khan contributed 37-ball 24 runs, followed by KD Shah (24), Wajid Shah (17) C Mc Auslan (14).
Sumon Khan of Bangladesh picked up four wickets for 33 runs while Mehedi Hasan took two for 23.
In reply, Bangladesh faced no trouble to reach their target scoring 166 runs for loss of only one wicket in just 24.1 overs featuring 94 runs in the opening stand by Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar. Soumya was the man of the match.
National opener Soumya Sarkar hammered an unconquered 84 runs off 74 deliveries hitting nine fours and three sixes, promising opener Mohammad Naim, who earned the appreciation from Cricket Pundits for his brilliant show against India in the just concluded T20 series, scored run-a-ball 52 hitting eight boundaries.
Captain Najmul Hossain Shanta was the lone Bangladesh batsman backed to the pavilion scoring run-a-ball 22 hitting two sixes.
Ehsan Khan grabbed the lone Bangladesh wicket conceding 39 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh was placed in Group B along with runners-up India, Hong Kong and Nepal while Group A team comprises defending champions Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Oman.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play India on November 16 and Nepal on November 18, both at BKSP (Ground 3).
The top two teams from each of the group will play semi-finals on November 20 and 21 respectively while the final will be held on November 23, all at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.