Pakistan will play their last game against the Bhutan in group A today. Pakistan who already has three points in the bag from the last two matches will be desperate to win today as six points will guarantee their spot in the semifinal.
On the other hand, Bhutan also has a slight chance by winning against Pakistan by more than six goals and rely on the result elsewhere. But it’s very unlikely to happen.
Pakistan currently sits third in the group as Nepal overtook with a huge win over Bhutan by 4-0.
Pakistan comes into today’s game with three points in their hand and they are still upset about their best player Adnan Mohammad’s Situation.
Adnan Mohammad who plays in Denmark league has Visa problems from Dhaka immigration.
Bhutan will be without defender Mipham Jigme who got injured in the previous game against Nepal and suspended defender Nima Wangdi.
WHAT MANAGERS SAY:
Pakistan Coach Jose Antonio Nogueira said that, they need to do the their best and need to prepare well against Bhutan. He also said, the host will be playing against Nepal, and they hope the result is the best for Pakistan.
Bhutan Head Coach Trevor Morgan said that, His team is young and they haven’t played together before. There are some encouraging signs and they look more dangerous going forward and look solid at the back. And if players switch off against good players, they get punished.
“We are moving in the right direction, but it is very unlikely that we will progress to semi-finals in the tournament. But we will try beating Pakistan, and there will be no letting up from us. We owe that to the teams that are looking up for the top two spots,” he added.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pakistan and Bhutan met each other just once in SAFF Suzuki Cup before. Pakistan winning 7-0 in the group stage game back in 2009.
This will their third meeting in all competitions. Pakistan came victorious in both occasions.
Pakistan has scored 10 goals against them in those two meetings. Bhutan scored just one in South Asian Federation Games where they lost 3-1.