Bangladesh finishes runners-up losing to Oman 0-2 

Hockey Qualifier: Bangladesh finishes runners-up losing to Oman 0-2 

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Dhaka – The last time champion Bangladesh finished runners-up in the 2018 Asian Games Hockey Qualifier losing to spirited hosts Oman by 0-2 goals in the final at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat Saturday night.  Oman clinched the title with a 2-0 victory to celebrate their qualification for the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2 this year. However, Bangladesh was also qualified for the final round of the Asian Games Hockey as runners-up.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Oman Dr Fuad Bin Ja’afar witnessed the final as chief guest and later he handed over the prizes in presence of Oman Hockey Association chief Talib bin Khamis Al Wahaibi.In the final, Pakistani Tahir Zaman-coached Omani side played to a plan and with purpose to dominate the proceedings against their long-time rival Bangladesh.  Though the visitors matched the hosts move for move for the entire first quarter.After a barren result in the first quarter, Oman exerted pressure in the second and took lead in the 28th minute when Rashad Al Farzi converted a penalty corner delighting a large number of hosts fans that gathered at the iconic stadium (1-0).Just a minute into the third quarter, Oman were awarded a penalty stroke and their experienced Basim Khatar converted it correctly to double the margin (2-0).In the later period, Oman survived some tense moments as Bangladesh tried to battle their way back into the game.  Earlier, in the place deciding match, Sri Lanka finished its 3rd beating Thailand by 4-1 goals with Sandaruwan Sudusinghe scoring twice, Anuradha Rathanayake and Dhammika Ranasinghe scored the other goals.  Hosts Oman, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand have already qualified for the final round of the 2018 Asian Games Hockey while Chinese Taipei sealed the fifth and final qualifying berth with a 4-0 win over Kazakhstan in the fifth place play-off match. UNB

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