Indian manages to put stop to Bhutan’s fairy tale start to the tournament as they thumped Bhutan 3-0 today at the Changlimethang stadium.
From the first whistle Indian players look hungry for goal and they dominated the first half with attacking football and beautiful passes and shots after shots. On other hand Bhutan was defensive mood and they kept defending at their own half. Bhutan Goal keeper Karma Sonam Tenzin was the busiest man today and he made many brilliant saves keeping Bhutan’s hope alive in the game.
It was a pressuring game for the Bhutanese defenders as the Indian wave of attacks kept coming until the defense lost focus and gifted goal for India on 38th minutes.
A defensive error when Bhutan failed to clear the corner ball, when Lalawmpuia converted a goal after a brilliant stop from Bhutan Goal keeper of Lalengzama’s shot.
Second goal was gifted to Lalawmpuia in 78th after Bhutanese midfielder made blunder pass to Lalawmpuia feet. It was a world class finish from the striker scoring his second in the game.
“The scoreline must be high but it was a very difficult game for us”, said Indian Head Caoach Pinto Floyd. He said Bhutan has improved a lot since the last SAFF edition and he gave credit to Coach and Bhutn Football Federation. He said that they never took easy and they didn’t want to lose focus on any point of the match otherwise if Bhutan had scored it would have been a different ball game.
Striker Rai Asish scored the third goal in 91st minutes securing a comfortable win for India.
“Indian player are superior, they have good skills and good game sense,” said Bhutan Head Coach Lee. He said that Bhutan still have long way to go to be at that level and we have to practice more.
It was evident that Bhutanese players were tired as they had played three matches in a row where else India had good rest after their first game.
“We have no excuse just that India played very well,” said Coach Lee.
Bhutan will face Bangladesh on 27th and it will be a crucial match possibly a championship decider.