At the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, here on Saturday, Kuwait defeated Pakistan 4-0 in a Bangabandhu SAFF Championship 2023 Group A match, moving one step closer to the semifinals.
The team from across the border sits at the bottom of Group A after losing both games against India and Kuwait, whilst Kuwait currently has six points from two matches after to wins against Nepal and Pakistan.
The Middle Eastern team was aggressive right away and shown a desire to seize the initiative. When Hasan Alanezi scored in the 10th minute, their early effort to make a breakthrough paid off. He took his time and bundled the ball in after receiving a deep cross from the right side.
Kuwait held control of the ball and continued to dominate. Before the half-hour mark, they finally made another progress when Eid Alrashidi had room to dribble on the counter. Mobarak Alfaneeni received the winger’s last ball, and he buried it with ease for a 2-0 score.
However, Pakistan almost scored in the 38th minute when Harun Hamid sent in a dangerous cross inside the penalty area. But none of his colleagues were in a position to complete it.
Kuwait made it 3-0 in the first-half extra time to make things worse for the adversaries. Alrashidi successfully lashed on target after intercepting Ali Khan Niazi’s carefree back pass in a risky place. Although Yousuf Ijaz Butt of Pakistan was able to save his ferocious shot, Alfaneeni skillfully chipped in the rebound for his second goal of the game.
Kuwait maintained their dominance despite having a sizable lead and showed no signs of slowing down. However, Pakistan’s offence lacked quality as they were unable to break past their opponents’ strong defence. Nevertheless, when replacement Muhammad Waleed Khan stretched for a tap-in at the hour mark, the men in green almost pulled one back. However, Kuwaiti custodian Bader Bin Saanoun parried away his shot towards goal.
In the 69th minute, Alrashidi finally made it 4-0 for Kuwait. On the break, the winger showed excellent movement and was able to beat both the custodian and the nearest Pakistani defender to the goal.
In their last group stage match, Kuwait will now take on the hosts India, while Pakistan will square off against