Thursday, June 20

Kathmandu’s Late Equalizer Denies Chitwan Their First-Ever NSL Win

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – A late equalizer from Kathmandu RayZrs has denied FC Chitwan their first-ever Nepal Super League )NSL) win. Breaking the deadlock in the 86th minute and heading towards their maiden win, Chitwan conceded in stoppage time and had to come away with just one point.

Chitwan took the lead through an unfortunate own goal from Uzbeki midfielder Shokhrukh in the 86th minute. A Bimal Gharti Magar cut-back aimed for Utsab Rai inside the six-yard box was deflected towards the goal by Shokhrukh.

But Kathmandu dug deep and got an equalizer. Nkengue Junior’s acrobatic volley attempt from the edge of the box found its way to the top corner of Bishal Shrestha’s goal to force a draw for his team. The match with two late goals, however, was far from eventful.

Chitwan’s Rafiq Aminu failed to get to the end of a Bimal Gharti Magar’s lobbed through-ball before Kathmandu goalkeeper Abhisek Baral gathered it in the second minute. Chhiring Gurung cross in the next minute was also easily gathered by Abhisek.

Kathmandu’s Tojidinov’s hit from outside the box in the 14th minute was far from troubling Bishal. Shokhrukh’s attempt in the 23rd minute was also wayward. Chitwan’s Roshan Rana Magar failed to convert the best chance for any team in the first half. Bishal Shrestha’s swatted delivery after claiming the corner was met by Rana who tried to lob the Kathmandu’s man between the sticks but Abhisek managed to get into the right position to catch the ball with ease.

Chitwan center-back Marco Ivanovic failed to head Afriye Acquah free kick from the six-yard box. Bimal Gharti Magar’s weak-footed attempt in the 40th minute also failed to be a threat for Kathmandu.

Kathmandu’s marquee Hisub Thapaliya failed to control an Andres Nia long pass. Rafiq Aminu’s cross from inside the box failed to meet Bimal’s head in the 64th minute. A clever free-kick routine from Chitwan fell for Aminu inside the box but Anjan Rai tacked it away.

The goalscorer of the first match for Kathmandu, Rajiv Lopchan, forced a save off his header from Bishal but he was deemed offside. Bimal Gharti Magar’s right-footed attempt in the 80th minute failed to test Abhisek again. Rajiv Lopchan lobbed a shot over the bar after the fell for him from a Bishal Shrestha punch off a Kuldip Karki cross.

Chitwan had lost their first encounter of his edition against Pokhara Thunders while Kathmandu gathered all three points against Sporting Mechi de Ilam FC in the opener. Lalitpur City FC will take on Pokhara in tomorrow’s encounter.

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