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SAFF Championship

  • 5 September 2013
  • • 15:15
  • • Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu

Live Commentary

  • Pakistan beat Bangladesh 2-1 in the other other match played at the Halchowk Rangasala, but lost out to the Blue Tigers who have a better head-to-head record against Shahzad Anwar's side.
  • The Indian national team have qualifed for the semi-finals of the SAFF Championship 2013 despite their 1-2 defeat to Nepal in the last Group A encounter at the Dashrath Rangasala in Kathmandu.
  • FULL TIME! With that comes the final whistle of the match and another goal at the death by India, but is it enough for India to make it through to the semi-finals? We will answer that question right away!
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Syed Rahim Nabi
    GOAL! Finally for India, Jewel Raja beats his marker on the right and sends in a cross that substitute Syed Rahim Nabi acrobatically side volleys in the back of the net
  • 90'
    We're in injury time now. Can Chhetri and Co. score?
  • 89'
    The Indian players are still struggling to hold the ball possession for more than three-to-four passes in a go
  • 87'
    The good fact for India is that, despite them going down with a scoreline of two goals or more, and even if Pakistan - who are now battling a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh - score more goals, the Blue Tigers would still go through. Bangladesh meanwhile needing to score a lot of goals to cause India an upset!
  • 85'
    India's Robin Singh pulled out for a foul in the attack
  • 84'
    Koevermans is particularly unhappy with the way India is losing the ball around the Nepal box
  • 83'
    SubstitutionBharat Khawas Bimal Magar
  • 82'
    A stressed Wim Koevermans is standing as close as possible to his area across the Indian bench...clearly a very worried man
  • 81'
    Goal Jumanu Rai
    GOOAALL!!! Rabin Shrestha works his way down the left flank, overlapping a couple of blue shirts and sends in a cross to substitute Jumanu Rai who converts his chance at the near post
  • 78'
    Sandip Rai sends his attempt skywards from the set-piece
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Lenny Rodrigues
  • 77'
    Another free-kick given away by India in a dangerous position with Lenny Rogrigues being the third Indian to get booked for an offense
  • 76'
    SubstitutionArata Izumi Lenny Rodrigues
  • 72'
    The crows is gone even louder right now with the coaches having to shout over their voice to pass on instructions to their teams
  • 70'
    Goal Anil Gurung
    GOAALL!!! Sandip Rai takes the free-kick as it is initially headed down by Bikram Lama. The ball falls down sweatly for Anil Gurung who could not have missed from there
  • 69'
    A long try by Jumanu Rai from the free-kick in an attempt to catch Subrata Paul off his line, but the India keeper has it covered
  • 69'
    Nabi concedes a free-kick
  • 68'
    The ball reaches India keeper Subrata Paul after a long time
  • 65'
    SubstitutionRaju Tamang Bikram Lama
  • 65'
    Mohanraj's throw-in not causing much trouble either
  • 64'
    Hossain's flag-kick easily dealt with by Biraj Maharjan's head this time
  • 63'
    Hossain takes India's first corner and the ball falls helter-skelter in the area before Singh takes earns another corner for his side
  • 62'
    Robin Singh secures a corner for India
  • 60'
    The frustrating thing for India is that the players are losing the ball in the final third. Nabi the last to lose possession
  • 58'
    SubstitutionJeje Lalpekhlua Robin Singh
  • 58'
    That's an interesting change now in the form of Robin Singh replacing a rather ineffective looking Jeje Lalpekhlua
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Sunil Chhetri
  • 57'
    Needless challenge there by the Indian skipper on Bolanath Silwal, which earns Chhetri's name in the books of the referee
  • 56'
    That's a good build-up by Jewel Raja, moving forward with Sunil Chhetri for company after snatching the ball from the Nepali players in a counter-attack now, but eventually blocked out by Sandip Rai
  • 54'
    Birthday boy Mehtab Hossain almost steals the ball away from the Nepali players, but commits a foul in the process
  • 47'
    We've resumed the second half with a scoreline of 0-0, and let me remind you that if it stays like this, then Nepal will go through as group winners and India will have to settle with the runners-up spot, but will also go through
  • 46'
    Arata and Jeje are on the ball as India kick off with the second half
  • Do you think any of the teams need a change at half-time?
    Tweet your thoughts to @ayush_sri
    Sravan says ""Bimal Gharti Magar should be in XI replacing Jumanu Rai""
  • Meanwhile its 1-1 between Bangladesh and Pakistan. that helps neither side.
  • So that was an intense first half, fueled by the passion of the fans in the stands, though there were some unsavory chants directed at the Indians.
    Do you think 0-0 rightly reflects the balance of the game? Tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 45' + 2'
    Jewel Raja with the last effort of the half, as he gets the ball from CHhetri, but his effort from far, though venemous, is also wide!
  • 45'
    What a crucial tackle by Arnab Mondal there! Jumanu Rai seemed set to cut past him and towards goal, but the defender hangs in there and puts in a challenge.
  • 42'
    A handball appeal from Nepal on Arnab Mondal, but the referee plays on. Would have been harsh if given.
  • 40'
    Nepal get a corner after Gurung finds Jumanu Rai, whose header is just behind Bholanath. but the winger retrieves the ball, and earns a corner, as his cross takes a deflection from Gouramangi and goes out. Meanwhile in important news from the other tie, Samar Ishaq has equalized for Pakistan!
  • 37'
    Could have been dangerous for India as Nirmal sloppily gives away the ball. However Bholanath Silwal fails to play in Gurung after robbing the defender.
  • 35'
    Freekick to India for a foul on Jewel. Mehtab takes it, but the ball drifts just over Nabi and into the grateful hands of Limbu.
  • 32'
    Soft freekick given to Nepal, but its straight at Subrata. Meanwhile in a bad news for Indian fans, Bangladesh have taken the lead against Pakistan! Hasan Ameli with the strike!
  • 30'
    Jagjit Shrestha who was an injury doubt before the game, has to come off for Jumanu Rai. A blow to Nepal's hopes.
  • 29'
    SubstitutionJagjit Shrestha Jumanu Rai
  • 26'
    A moment of danger there for India. Gurung flicks it on for Khawash whose first touch takes the ball too far and Subrata is able to intervene. Seems to have hurt himself in the process Have you been happy with how the game has progressed so far? Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • 23'
    Good defending by Arnab Mondal there, not allowing Khawash to cut in. But some poor communication between Subrata and Nirmal lets Nepal have a corner
  • 20'
    Arata heads over! Sustained bit of possession there by India before Nirmal put a cross into the box which Arata meets but cannot direct on target. gets hurt in the process
  • 18'
    India have so far been very disciplined in defense and Nepal might have had a bit more possession but apart from that Subrata moment, not really hurt the Blue Tigers
  • 15'
    Yellow Card Mehtab Hossain
  • 14'
    A few nervy moments for Subrata there. first he comes out and flaps at a cross and then a harmless Bholanath chip almost catches him unawares. He somehow managed it to tip it on the bar,with Nirmal Chhetri completing the clearance
  • 11'
    First attempt for Nepal as Arata gives away the ball to Rohit Chand, whose long distance effort goes over the bar.
  • 8'
    A midfield battle going on here really. Nothing much to say on the pitch. A jeje effort from distance which the keeper easily gathered on the second attempt has been the highlight so far
  • 4'
    Nepal try and direct the ball towards Gurung. India playing a slightly defensive line and fans egging on their team but getting carried away with some racists chants towards India. That does no good to their image as a whole.
  • 1'
    And Nepal kick us off here. The fans cheer wildly and some choice words being thrown at the Indian contingent.
  • Jack Stefanowski's side continue their unbeaten run and finish as the group leaders with seven points from three outings
  • The national anthems of the two sides being played now. The passion of the home fans goes to another level, as their anthem is sung
  • The stadium is fast filling up, and the Nepalese are making some real noise. Will the Indians be intimidated by this? Tweet your thoughts and predictions to me, Ayush Srivastava on @ayush_sri
  • Nepal Subs: Ritesh Thapa (gk), Bishal Shrestha, Sabindra Shrestha, Jumanu Rai, Bikram Lama, Prakash Budhathoki, Tanka Basnyat, Santosh Sahukhala, Bimal Gharti Magar
  • NEPAL: Kiran Kumar Limbu (gk), Sagar Thapa (c), Rabin Shrestha, Biraj Maharjan, Rohit Chand, Bholla Nath Silwal, Jagjit Shrestha, Raju Tamang, Raju Tamang, Bharath Khawash, Anil Gurung
  • India Subs: Sandip Nandy, Raju Gaikwad, Sandesh Jhingan, Francis Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Robin Singh, Dawson Fernandes, Alwyn George.
  • INDIA: Subrata Paul; Nirmal Chettri, Gouramangi Singh, Arnab Mondal, Nallappam Mohanraj; Syed Nabi, Mehtab Hossain, Arata Izumi, Jeje Lalpekhlua; Robin Singh; Sunil Chhetri.
  • We have the line-ups for today's match
  • Hello and welcome to the last Group A encounter that sees India square up against hosts Nepal as the fate of all four teams from the cluster still hangs in the balance