Nepal and India in finals

August 25, 2017 – Nepal edged Bangladesh 4-2 to enter the finals of the SAFF U-15 Championship alongside India who advanced with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bhutan.

In semi-final played at the ANFA Complex, Nepal needed goals from Akash Buda Magar, Brijesh Chaudhary and Nazmul Biswas (Own Goal) to pip Bangladesh who were a shadow of their former selves for most of the first half.

Nepal coach Sunil Shrestha said his side put up a much improved performance in today's match than the previous match against India.

"In the last match we were under pressure but this time it was Bangladesh who were absorbing the pressure. We played well and got the reward," he said.

Akash Budha Magar scored a brace in the win with his first coming in the 6th minute of the match. He got his second in half hour mark, thanks to a defensive blunder by a nervous looking Bangladeshi defense allowing Magar to make a simple tap-in from the goal mouth.

The third goal for Nepal came through the head of Bangladesh defender Nazmul Biswas in the 65th minute. Biswas beat his own keeper with a perfectly placed header off Karlosh Bakhariya's cross delivered inside the six-yard box.

Brijesh Chaudhary scored the final goal for Nepal in the 90+4 minutes beating keeper Emon Hawladar in a one-on-one situation few minutes after he had squandered a similar chance.

Though the score-line suggests a dominating performance from Nepal, there were moments when the visitors gave an impression of overturning the deficit into a win. Bangladesh fought back bravely but took some time to get the reward. Foysal Ahmed Fahim scored from a well taken free kick in the 73rd minute and Habinur Rahman scored a minute later from a goal mouth melee.

Bangladesh coach Mostafa Anoward Parvez rued the missed chances and the defensive lapses for the bitter his side suffered.

" All the four goals we conceded were through silly mistakes. I can't say that Nepal were dominating side like the score-line says. We lost the match because of our own mistakes," he added.

At the Halchowk Stadium, goals from Vikram Pratap Singh (20th minute), Harpeet (75th minute) and Ridge Melvin Demello (90+2 minutes) gave India the bragging rights over Bhutan.