… Lost 1-9 against Russia in first-ever face-off  

Thinley Namgay 

Bhutan’s under (U)-17 national women’s football team lost to newcomer Russia 1-9 at the ongoing SAFF U-17 Women’s Championship yesterday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The game yesterday was one-sided. Russia dominated in all aspects—skills, pass precision, stamina, and physical prowess.

Bhutan tried to defend, but the opponent played with high intensity from the beginning.

Bhutanese players were unable to cover their positions despite showing improved game tactics.

Russia scored four goals in the first half, followed by five more in the next half. In the 48th minute, the Russian defender scored an own goal.

Bhutan has lost three straight matches as of yesterday.

Even if the girls win the last game against India, it won’t make much difference.

India can’t afford to lose against Bhutan as they face two other prominent teams—Russia and Bangladesh for the title.

Bhutan has lost all matches against India in the last three face-offs.

Bhutan lost against Bangladesh and Nepal 1-8 and 0-5, respectively.

Russia is leading the tournament with six points from two matches. The team defeated host Bangladesh 3-0 on March 22.

The tournament ends on March 28.