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