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1 vs 2
Played
September 5, 2013 3:15 PM IST
Dashrath Rangasala — Kathmandu
Referee:‬ Adham Makhadmeh‎
 
90+2′ Syed Rahim Nabi
Anil Gurung 70′
 
Jumanu Rai 81′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: India 1-2 Nepal

Nepal outplayed India in their final Group A encounter in the SAFF Championship. Goal rates the individual performance of all the players that took part in the game...

By Ayush Srivastava

  • Subrata Paul
    10
    68
    1.50

    Subrata Paul Flop of the Match

    Was guilty for the first goal, coming way off his line when he had no chance of getting to the ball. Was unsure on a couple of occasions in the first half as well, especially when he was almost caught out by a Bholanath Silwal effort.

  • Nirmal Chettri
    12
    64
    1.50

    Nirmal Chettri

    Had decent moments in the game, but was at fault for both goals, and thus is marked down. Didn’t offer too much quality going forward either, always looking for a quick ball into the box when keeping possession was priority

  • Arnab Mondal
    9
    61
    2.00

    Arnab Mondal

    Had a very good first half, but his form went southwards in the second period. Was caught under the ball for the first goal, but may have been distracted by an onrushing Subrata. Almost gave Nepal a second goal, after misjudging a header, but his keeper saved his blushes.

  • Nallappan Mohanraj
    7
    65
    2.00

    Nallappan Mohanraj

    Much improved performance from the left-back, but still not always reliable. But did offer more width in attack and his throws came in handy.

  • Syed Rahim Nabi
    20
    55
    2.50

    Syed Rahim Nabi

    Started on the right wing before shifting to the left. Took some time to settle in, but showed good work-rate and some nice touches. Scored the consolation goal for India.

  • Mehtab Hossain
    16
    57
    2.50

    Mehtab Hossain

    The birthday boy seemed one of the few players who were charged up for the game. Went about snapping into tackles and was economical in possession. Decent free-kicks as well.

  • Arata Izumi
    8
    63
    2.00

    Arata Izumi

    Kept things ticking in midfield and made some decent interceptions, but never really made a telling impact on the game. Also for a player known for being tidy in possession, he gave away the ball quite a few times in the first half.

  • Jewel Raja
    15
    59
    2.50

    Jewel Raja

    Will be credited with an assist for Nabi’s late consolation. Was involved in some decent build-up play, especially after moving out on the wings.

  • Gouramangi Singh
    9
    62
    2.00

    Gouramangi Singh

    Caught out for the second goal, which effectively put the game to bed. Was decent till then, showing good positional sense.

  • Jeje Lalpekhlua
    10
    61
    2.00

    Jeje Lalpekhlua

    Was anonymous on the wings in the first half. Improved in the second period when moved to a more familiar central position. Did not really trouble the goalkeeper and was replaced by Robin Singh.

  • Sunil Chhetri
    12
    68
    2.00

    Sunil Chhetri

    Never really did anything to help India’s cause today. Was well marked and starved of service in the first half. Tried playing some cute passes in the second period, but was not on the same wavelength as his teammates.

Substitutions

  • Lenny Rodrigues
    5
    48
    2.00

    Lenny Rodrigues

    Came in and did the same job as Arata. Not enough time to impress.

  • Robin Singh
    18
    48
    2.50

    Robin Singh

    Was an improvement on Jeje after coming on. Instantly had a good shot deflected wide. Held the ball up well and won several flick-ons. With Chhetri suspended, he might well get a start in the semi-final

  • Kiran Chemzong
    113
    6
    2.50

    Kiran Chemzong

    He came out well for crosses, and dealt with whatever little India threw at him. Must feel upset at having lost a well earned clean-sheet at the very end.

  • Rabin Shrestha
    132
    6
    3.50

    Rabin Shrestha

    Dealt with Jeje Lalpekhlua, Nabi or Jewel Raja, whoever happened to come down his way on the left side of Nepal’s defense. Showed tremendous speed and a cool head to run down the wing and expertly pick out Jumanu Rai for the second goal.

  • Biraj Maharjan
    116
    6
    3.00

    Biraj Maharjan

    Solid in defense, but maybe not as eye catching going forward. Was good in the air and dealt with all the set-pieces on his side, competently.

  • Sagar Thapa
    117
    7
    3.00

    Sagar Thapa

    Dealt with Chhetri well enough and read the game well. Had some problems after Robin Singh came on, but kept his focus until the end.

  • Jagjit Shrestha
    102
    11

    Jagjit Shrestha

    Was an injury doubt, and had to come off in the first half itself. Did not really do much until then.

  • Raju Tamang
    98
    11
    2.50

    Raju Tamang

    Average showing from the midfielder. Helped close down the opposition when not in possession, but on the ball, his game did not really catch the eye.

  • Bhola Nath Silwal
    110
    8
    3.00

    Bhola Nath Silwal

    Saw his effort come back off the crossbar in the first half, after catching Subrata Paul unawares. Very effective on the ball and not scared of running at people when in possession.

  • Rohit Chand
    124
    5
    3.00

    Rohit Chand

    Did not allow India’s midfield to dominate, even though at times they had the superiority of numbers. Swept up well in-front of the defense.

  • Sandip Rai
    117
    5
    3.50

    Sandip Rai

    Provided the set-piece that led to the first goal. Always capable of putting in a teasing delivery, and was very competent at the back. A confidence boosting performance.

  • Anil Gurung
    157
    6
    4.00

    Anil Gurung Top of the Match

    Was as always, the livewire presence for Nepal upfront. The Nepal head coach said he took a gamble in playing him, as he was an injury doubt, but Gurung rewarded his faith with a great opener, while his movement was a menace for India’s defense throughout.

  • Bharat Khawas
    108
    8
    2.50

    Bharat Khawas

    Was a good foil to Anil Gurung. Ran the channels well, but found Arnab Mondal a tough customer to get past. Still was a part of a good team effort.

Substitutions

  • Bikram Lama
    96
    5
    3.00

    Bikram Lama

    Rose the highest to meet Sandip Rai’s ball into the box, which eventually led to the goal. Pressed hard and showed great energy after replacing Tamang.

  • Bimal Magar
    109
    8
    2.50

    Bimal Magar

    Came on after the score was 2-0 and kept the ball well for his side. Even tried to run at India’s defense, and must have enjoyed the reception he received from the fans.

  • Jumanu Rai
    119
    5
    3.50

    Jumanu Rai

    Got the second goal which sealed the tie for Nepal. The goal epitomized all his good qualities. His movement was top class, and always looked out for a good pass.

Results
Matchday 3
Times In IST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. Mehtab HossainMidfielderIndia2.75
2. Arnab MondalDefenderIndia2.75
3. Francis FernandesMidfielderIndia2.67
4. Robin SinghStrikerIndia2.67
5. Sunil ChhetriStrikerIndia2.50
6. Lenny RodriguesMidfielderIndia2.38
7. Subrata PaulGoalkeeperIndia2.25
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ali Ashfaq Ali Ashfaq
Striker
Maldives
10 2
Mohamed Naufer Mohamed Issadeen Mohamed Naufer Mohamed Issadeen
Striker
4 0
Ali Fasir Ali Fasir
Midfielder
New Radiant
3 0
Anil Gurung Anil Gurung
Striker
Nepal
2 0
Passang Tshering Passang Tshering
Midfielder
Bhutan
2 0