Bangladesh suffer massive defeat to Palestine in WC Qualifiers

Palestine thrashed Bangladesh by 5-0 goals in the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match held at the Jabir Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait early Friday.

Forward Oday Dabbagh slammed a hat-trick with three goals while Shaheb Qunbar supported him with two goals for Palestine, who are ranked 97th in FIFA ranking.

Bangladesh admirably kept their tent unhurt as many as 42nd minutes but the defenders could not sustain the good work and conceded five goals eventually.

Bangladesh strung together numerous accurate passes to build up a couple of good attacks in the first half but the forwards could not utilized those chances lack of proper finishing.

Palestine, who are technically, tactically and physically superior than Bangladesh, took 2-0 lead in the first half and scored the remaining three goals in the second half to ensure their biggest-margin victory over Bangladesh.

Dabbagh finally broke the deadlock scoring the first goal for Palestine in the 43rd minute while Shehab made the score line double with a close-range shot in the stoppage time of the first half.

After the break, Shehad scored his and third goal for his team in the 49th minute before Oday widened the margin with a left-footed shot in the 52nd minute and completed the winners’ tally scoring his hat-trick goal in the 76th minute of the match.

The two sides will meet each other in the second leg on March 26 in Dhaka. BSS

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