Nepal crash out of SAFF U-19 Championship after defeat against India

  • 2023-09-27

Nepal lost to India on penalties to end their SAFF U-19 Championship 2023 campaign on Wednesday.

After a 1-1 draw, the match headed to penalties which India won 3-2.

India took the lead through Sahil Khurshid in the 26th minute before Samir Tamang equalized in the 74th minute in front of near-capacity crowd at the Dasharath Stadium.

Ashwin Ghorasainee and Kushal Deuba scored for Nepal on the penalties. Lachhu Thapa's shot was saved while Bikram Tamang's shot skied over the bar.

Arjun Singh, Gwgwmsar Goyary and Manglenthang Kipgen scored for India. Dinesh Singh's shot was saved by Nepali goalkeeper Jiyarat Shekh while Ricky Meetei Haobam's shot came off the upright.

In the other semi-final played in the afternoon, Pakistan defeated Bhutan 6-5 on penalties after goalless 90 minutes of the game. Muhammad Adeel, Shah Jahan, Ali Zafar, Khurshid Alam, Muhammad Sadam and Kamil Ahmed Khan scored for Pakistan while Kinzang Tenzing, Jigme Namgyel, Rinzin Dorji, Ugyen Dorji and Pema Zangpo scored for Bhutan. Tshetrim Pelzang's shot in the sudden death went wide.

The final between India and Pakistan will be played on Saturday.

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