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Bangladesh plays like in the World Cup qualifiers

Bangladesh will take the field in the return match of the World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan today. After today’s match against Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar, Bangladesh has two more return matches against India and Oman. Five matches have already been played in Group E of the Asia region.

From September to November 2019, Bangladesh played one home and three away matches against Afghanistan, Qatar, India and Oman. The home matches were scheduled to be played from March to June last year against Afghanistan, India and Oman. With the five-month break after the away match in Qatar in December, the national team is once again facing a big challenge. Corona: Unfortunately, playing home matches on foreign soil is not comfortable, but Bangladesh’s goal is to go north in the challenge.

Before these three World Cup qualifiers in Doha, football fans will naturally be interested in past performances. 36 years ago, in 1975, Bangladesh played for the first time in the qualifying round of the 1986 Mexico World Cup. With this, Bangladesh is taking part in the qualifying round for the tenth time.

Bangladesh's performance at a glance.

Bangladesh’s performance at a glance.
Photo: Prothom Alo

Bangladesh has never passed the first round of qualifying. On the contrary, the team has been stuck in the pre-selection twice. Meanwhile, the 2006 World Cup qualifiers were very disappointing for Bangladesh. Bangladesh not only lost the two pre-qualifying matches against Tajikistan, but also the shame of not being able to score a qualifying goal for the first time.

Thus, Bangladesh’s performance in the World Cup qualifiers has always been disappointing. So far the national team has played 55 matches. Bangladesh has won only 10 matches. Has drawn 6 matches. And lost 36 matches! In these matches, the opponent sent the ball to the net of Bangladesh 135 times. And Bangladesh has scored 36 goals.

The teams that like to score goals against Bangladesh.

The teams that like to score goals against Bangladesh.
Photo: Prothom Alo

Bangladesh’s position in the World Cup qualifiers can be understood from these statistics. So far, Bangladesh has scored only 36 goals in 55 matches. One of them is a suicide goal. The rest of the goals came from the heads or legs of 23 people! Three people have scored maximum 3 goals. Mamun Joardar, Alfaz Ahmed and Zahid Hasan Emily. Ashrafuddin Ahmed Chunnu, Kaiser Hamid, Rumman bin Wali Sabbir, Rizvi Karim Rumi, Jewel Rana and Mohammad Sujan scored two goals each.

Striking problem is a permanent problem of Bangladesh football, it can be understood by looking at the list of goal scorers. Many have played as strikers in Bangladesh jerseys. But the highest goal scorer in the qualifying round is only three. Two of them are strikers. The second highest scorers are Kaiser Hamid, Jewel Rana and Mohammad Sujan.

These three top scorers with only three goals!

These three top scorers with only three goals!
Photo: Prothom Alo

So far he has played with 23 teams in Bangladesh. Among them, Bangladesh has never lost with four teams. Bangladesh have not lost two matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos and Mongolia so far. There is a record of 100% victory against Sri Lanka. However, the record of 100% rate is quite long in the case of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has never lost to Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The rate is four times against Saudi Arabia.

Bangladesh preferred to defend Mongolia.

Bangladesh preferred to defend Mongolia.
Photo: Prothom Alo

There are also four-time losing records against Tajikistan and Thailand. The failure to score a goal behind it. Bangladesh could not score in 31 out of 55 matches in the qualifying round. Bangladesh has scored two or more goals in just eight matches. Bangladesh’s biggest win was 3-0, against Sri Lanka (1993), Mongolia (2001) and Pakistan (2011).

Defending failure in the qualifying round did not burn Bangladesh less. At least 4 goals had to be digested in 18 matches. He has a record of scoring a maximum of eight goals in a match. That too twice. In 1993, Japan gave 8 goals to Bangladesh. That horrible memory brought Jordan back to Amman in 2016. In the last match of the 1993 qualifier against the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh had to pull seven goals.

Highlights of Bangladesh qualifiers.