Maldives earn crucial three points away from home

Maldives vs Bhutan

Starting 11 – goalkeeper Faisal, Mohamed Rasheed, shafiu Ahmed, Ali Amdhan, Akram Abdul Ghani, Ahmed Abdulla, Ali Ashad, Hassam Naiz, Mohamed Umair, Ali Fasir, Asadulla Abdulla.

Big turnout of Bhutanese fans to watch the match.

Bhutan dominated the first 10 minutes of the match.

First chance of the game fell to Maldives. Asadulla cross from byline goes inches over the bar.

Maldives slowly starting grow in confidence. Free-kick won in a promising position. Ali Fasir fires it way over the bar.

Bhutan win corner in the 18th minute but Waste the opportunity.

20th minute shot from Bhutanese player is comfortably collected by Faisal.

26th minute yellow card for Ashadh Ali.

33th minute Akram crosses from the left flank Naiz Hassan’s first time volley goes way over the bar.

37th minute Ali Fasir once again Fires the ball over the bar despite being one on one with Bhutanese defender.

40th minute penalty for Maldives. Throw in to the area from lily. Ali Fasir control the ball with his chest. Bhutanese defender shoves him the ground.

41st minute Ali Fasir fires the ball into the top corner of the net. No chance what so ever for Bhutanese goalie Hari Grung.

Second half kicks off

Chenco shoots from edge of box. Shot goes way wide of target.

Brilliant counter attack from Bhutan Faisal with a brilliant save after shot from chencho.

56th minute another counter attack from Bhutan through ball for chencho onrushing goalie Faisal clears the ball.

Wave of attack from Bhutan. Cross from the right flank finds a Bhutanese player inside the area whose volley goes over the bar.

Another attack from Bhutan. This time shot is deflected and Faisal easily collects.

59th minute free-kick from Bhutan punched over the bar by Faisal.

Counter attack from Maldives. Shot blocked by Bhutanese defenders.

Game really opening up now.

72nd minute brilliant shot from Ali Fasir. Punched away by Hari.

Goal Maldives. Brilliant run from substitute Hamza Mohamed who goes into the 6yard box and cuts the ball back. Ahmed Abdulla taps the ball into the back of the net.

76th minute chencho beats two Maldivian defenders and shoots from the byline. Shot goes over inches over the bar.

80th minute Hamza beats one player and shoots from edge of the box. Shots goes inches wide of target.

89th minute brilliant 1, 2 between Fasir and Umair. But Fasir’s shot lacks power. Comfortable save for Hari.

Referee blows his whistle for full time. With this win Maldives registers the three points and are third in group D of AFC Asian cup qualification.

13 June 2017