Bangladesh started their joint Qualification (Round-01) of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 campaign with a 0-1 goal defeat to Afghanistan on Tuesday, reports UNB.
The match was played at the Central Republican Stadium in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.
Captain Farshad Noor scored the match-winner for Afghanistan in the 27th minute. In their last five meeting against Afghanistan, Bangladesh won one match by 4-1 goals in 1979 and lost one by 0-4 goals in the South Asian Federation (SAFF) Games in 2015. The rest three ended in draw.
Bangladesh ranked 182nd in FIFA ranking and 37th in the AFC ranking while Afghanistan was placed 149th in the FIFA ranking and 29th AFC ranking.
In the day's match, Afghanistan started to put pressure on Bangladesh defence with their aggressive football from the beginning of the match.