Some Pool B matches will be defined today.
After a hectic opening day, two extremely evenly matched games were expected, with the first match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and the last match between Hong Kong China and Uzbekistan. Sri Lanka had to look for a victory after their defeat on Monday, while Bangladesh had just beaten HKC 4-0 in a match they played very well. On the other hand, Hong Kong China had to go for the match to get their first 3 points against an Uzbek team that had scored 7 goals in the match against Sri Lanka, it would not be easy to stop this goal machine.
SRI LANKA 0 VS BANGLADESH 14
From the beginning of the game, the red players were much more offensive than their opponent, who on the contrary tried to retreat to counterattack as soon as they could.
However, the team led by RATNAM did not find it easy from the 8th minute of the game when Bangladesh scored their first goal, executed by JOY Md, until goal number 14, they could never regain control of the game and could not avoid the great offensive power of the team led by RASHED Mamun.
There were goals in all quarters of the game having scored 2 in the first quarter, 6 in the second quarter, 5 in the third quarter and 1 goal in the last quarter. The goals were scored by: JOY Md x 2, HASAN Md x 3, ISLAM Amirul x 5, ALI Md. x 1 and HOSSAIN Md x 3.
The best player of the match was undoubtedly ISLAM Amirul who already accumulated 6 goals in 2 games played in this tournament. Clearly this young player has many more goals to show.
Bangladesh is sitting very quietly at the top of the group and will play against Uzbekistan on January 9, while Sri Lanka will have to win against Hong Kong China if they want to stay in the Pool B race.
HONG KONG CHINA 0 VS UZBEKISTAN 1
Second and last match of the day between Hong Kong China and Uzbekistan. The Uzbek team had just beaten Sri Lanka comfortably in the first match of the day by 7 goals to 3, while Hong Kong China had just been defeated by Bangladesh in the first match of the tournament. Both teams would go for this match Uzbekistan to look for the first position of the group or fight it with Bangladesh, while HKC would look for their first victory to stay alive in Pool B.
In a very even match, although the Uzbek team had more options for shots on goal, both resisted the attacks of their opponents, looking to open the field to gain the spaces that would lead them to the circle and thus look for more chances to score.
The match was tied with many plays that could not reach the back of the net, it was only in the 52nd minute that ISMOILOV Amur, the 18-year-old player who has already scored 5 goals so far in the tournament, appeared in a penalty corner to give the much deserved victory to his team that fought until the last minutes of the game to get the 3 points.
With this result, Uzbekistan now has 6 points in Pool B and is below Bangladesh only on goal difference. These two teams will define the leadership of Pool B on January 9 when they meet face to face. Hong Kong China will be looking for their first 3 points against Sri Lanka on the same day.