Last two times runners-up Bangladesh managed a hard-fought 1-0 goal victory over the Islanders Sri Lanka in one of the two opening day's matches of the five-nation SAFF U-20 Championship'2022 at the Kalinga Stadium in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar Monday (July 25) night.

Mirazul Islam scored the match-winning goal for Bangladesh in the 71st minute.

Earlier in the tournament's opener, two times champions Nepal outplayed the Maldives by 4-0 goals at the same venue Monday afternoon.

Five South Asian nations - India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka-- are taking part in this year's fourth edition of the regional soccer meet.

In the remaining matches, Bangladesh will play hosts India on July 27, the Maldives on July 29 and Nepal on August 2.

After the league basis matches, top two teams will play in the final on August 5.

Nepal are the most successful nation in the meet winning the title twice while India lifted its first title in 2019 after beating two times runners-up Bangladesh.

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