Monday, April 15

Nepal Fall Short Of SAFF U-19 Championship Final On Penalties

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – Nepal’s SAFF U-19 Championship run has concluded in the second semi-final against India. India emerged victorious 3-2 on penalties securing their place in the tournament’s final. The match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

Ashwin Ghorasaini and Kushal Deuba found the net in the tiebreaker for Nepal, while Prashant Laksam’s spot-kick was thwarted by the Indian goalkeeper Lionel Rymmei. Lakshu Thapa’s penalty was also saved while Bikram Tamang skied his chance.

Arjun Singh, Gwgwmsar Goyari, and Manglengtham Kingen scored their penalties for India while Dinesh Singh’s attempt was blocked by Nepal number one Jiyarath Sheikh and Ricky Haobam’s shot hit the crossbar.

India managed to break the deadlock in the 26th minute of the match when a long pass from the midfield found its way into the Nepali defense, and Sahil Khurshid capitalized, putting the ball behind Nepali goalkeeper Sheikh.

In the 32nd minute, Kushal Deuba’s shot was directed straight into the hands of the Indian goalkeeper. In the second minute of the second half, Nepal squandered a golden chance when Nirajan Dhami’s attempt, set up by Prashant Laxam’s through pass, went wide off the post.

In the 74th minute, Nepal equalized in the match. Deepak Thapa Magar’s cross was headed into the back of the net by Samir Tamang. India piled on pressure on the Nepali backline after the equalizer but Nepal kept the Indian attack at bay and forced a shootout ultimately resulting in a loss.

Pakistan and India will compete for the title on Saturday. Pakistan defeated Bhutan 6-5 in sudden death in the first semi-final and qualified for the final.

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