The 2013 champions registered a routine win over Bangladesh to reach the top of the group on goal difference, reports Goal.com.
The second game in the Group B of the Suzuki SAFF Cup being held at the Trivandrum International Stadium, Kerala saw Afghanistan register a comfortable win over minnows Bangladesh.
Masi Saighani, Faysal Shayetseh, Zubayr Amiri and Khaibar Amani were on target for the 2013 champions as they moved to the top of the group on goal difference.
The defending champions started with two forwards upfront with Mustafa Zazai and Mustafa Hadid leading the line. Norlla Amiri played right behind the forwards in what was an attacking setup by the Croatian head coach.
Bangladesh on the other hand played a five man midfield with Hossian Rony as the sole forward upfront. Sohel Rana played the furthest in the midfield to provide support to Rony.
It was the minnows who started the game on the attacking front as within the initial few minutes of kick off they had the chance to take the lead. The back pass by the Afghan defense towards the goalkeeper was intercepted by Rony but the Azizi was there to keep the danger at bay.
Despite having much of the possession during the opening 20 minutes of the game, Afghanistan were well kept out by the Bangaldeshi side, contenting them with a few half chances. Zazai came the closest to open the scoring in the 24th minute but his shot missed the target by a whisker.
The defending champions were finally rewarded for their continued pressure as six minutes later they took the lead. Saighani was at the right place at the right time as he headed in Amiri’s corner from close range, to give the Afghans a well deserved lead.
Two minutes later, Amiri was the architecht once again as this time he found Faysal with his square pass, who then chipped the ball over the Bangladesh custodian to double the advantage.
Following his two assists, it was Amiri’s turn to get on the scoresheet this time in the 40th minute. Zazai lofted the ball into the path of Amiri who then calmly placed it in the far post to all but win the game. The scoreline read 3-0 in the favour of the Afghans at half time.
Bangladesh started the second half in similar manner as they did the first. A couple of good chances fell into the path of Abbasin and Hadid but both saw their efforts land into the path of the Afghan custodian.
But for all their resistance and pressure, Bangaldesh finally succumed to Afghanistan as Amani sealed the game in the 69th minute. The substitute finished a fine move by the side in Red and thus helped take them to the top spot in the standings on goal difference.