Preview: Sri Lanka v. Bhutan

6thSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sri Lanka v. Bhutan


And so to the final nail in the coffin chance for a result for Bhutan, and indeed for Sri Lanka as the two sides battle it out to proves they are slightly better than inept.  Having both lost in various humblings to Afghanistan and Maldives, qualification for the semi finals in a long forgotten dream.  It is all about not being bottom of the group.

For our intrepid Bhutanese this is the most realistic chance of something other than a defeat, and the chance to climb from the foot of the world rankings.

History is not in their favour however.  In four previous meetings, Bhutan have achieved the square root of bugger all, managing four defeats, 11 goals against, and no goals scored.  Three of these defeats came in SAFF Championships group matches, with the match in Colombo in 2008 being something of an outlier for the now worst in the world team. Remarkably that match saw the two teams fight over top spot in the group, as both made it through to the knock out stages. Times have changed…

Past meetings:

4thApril 2006 AFC Challenge Cup Chittagong, Bangladesh Bhutan 0-1 Sri Lanka
6thJune 2008 SAFF Championships Group Stage Colombo, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2-0 Bhutan
6thDecember 2009 SAFF Championships Group Stage Dhaka, Bangladesh Sri Lanka 6-0 Bhutan
3rdDecember 2011 SAFF Championships Group Stage New Delhi, India Sri Lanka 3-0 Bhutan

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