Sri Lanka enters semis beating much fancied Bangladesh
Sri Lankan women football players created history by qualifying for the semi-finals of the SAFF Women’s Football Championships 2012 at the CR&FC ground on Tuesday. Sri Lanka will now meet Nepal on Friday (September 14) at the CR&FC ground, Colombo 7, kick off at 3.30 p.m. The first semi-final will be between India and Afghanistan at 8.30 a.m. at the same venue.It was a good game where the skills and performance of both Bangladesh and Sri Lankan girls were at the highest level and they gave thousands of soccer fans their money’s worth. Sri Lankan needed only a draw to qualify on goal aggregate. At the half time the scores were dead locked at 0-0. Sri Lanka’s main stricker Kalu was injured and had to leave the field which gave a little relaxation for the Bangladeshi defense line who found it difficult to stop her attacking style.
The Sri Lankan fans were shocked when the Bangladeshi forward A. Marma scored in the 78th minute to take the lead and this prompted the Sri Lankan forwards to go for the ‘kill’.They attacked in style and penetrated the penelty box to get a free kick which was converted by Hasara Dilrangi in the 83rd minute to make it 1-1. Then the advantage was from Sri Lanka and they used all their tactics to get into Bangladesh goal area and the second goal was netted in by Achala Chithrani in the 86th munite to seal the victory.