India vs Nepal, SAFF Championship 2021 Highlights: India beat Nepal 1-0 to record their first win of SAFF Championship 2021 and kept themselves alive in the tournament. Sunil Chhetri volleyed the ball home to give India a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute, which ended up being the winner. Read More
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Full Time: India 1-0 Nepal
India register their first win of SAFF Championship 2021 with a 1-0 win over Nepal, courtesy a goal from the captain Sunil Chhetri. Chhetri missed a couple of big chances but he received a nod from Farukh and volleyed it home in the 82nd minute to take India to the all-important win.
“We have been really poor in front of the goal. Today also we should have buried so many chances but we got the three points. We are still in the tournament so it’s good,” Chhetri said after the match.
90′: India 1-0 Nepal
Fantastic run from Nepal thought the Indian defence but the final pass is a little too heavy and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
87′: India 1-0 Nepal
Apuia makes way for Sahal Abdul Samad as full time looms.
82′: India 1-0 Nepal
Sunil Chhetri finally finds the back of the net to give India the lead. After missing a couple of close chances, he is a relieved man to have scored that one. Brandon’s pass is nodded into Chhetri’s path by Farukh and the Indian captain volleys it home.
81′: India 0-0 Nepal
Another free header for Sunil Chhetri from the corner but it goes over. Th Indian captain hides his face in his shirt, he is disappointed with himself today. He has had three chances.
77′: India 0-0 Nepal
Fantastic free kick from Brandon right for Chhetri. The Indian captain had a free header but could not get it on target. Subhasish had the next chance but his header went straight into Limbu’s hands.
73′: India 0-0 Nepal
Well-timed tackle from Pritam Kotal and he just rescued India there. Anjan Bista was almost through and could have had a shot at goal.
70′: India 0-0 Nepal
Double Substitution for India! Liston Colaco and Farukh Choudhary come on for Mandar and Yasir, respectively.
69′: India 0-0 Nepal
Another attempted cross from Yasir but Limbu is up to the task once more. India need something different here to trouble Nepal.
58′: India 0-0 Nepal
Yasir whips in a delightful ball for Manvir but Kiran Limbu saves magnificently to keep the scores deadlocked.
Double substitution for India:
Udanta Singh and Anirudh Thapa come on for Manvir Singh and Suresh Wangjam
53′: India 0-0 Nepal
Good run from Yasir. He cut inside from the right with the ball but his shot has no power and was easily collected by Limbu.
46′: India 0-0 Nepal
Anjan Bista comes on for Nepal and they kickstart the second half. Nepal have so far looked more or less comfortable and India need to push more.
Half Time: India 0-0 Nepal
A glaring miss from Sunil Chhetri was the highlight of the half that saw India have plenty of the ball but lack of clear cut chances. Manvir Singh also had a good chance but failed to get a shot away. Nepal have mostly done well to stay solid at the back and did create a couple of half openings themselves. Both the teams will need to be sharper in the final third even though India have been showing the urgency that is the need of the hour for them.
43′: India 0-0 Nepal
Sunil Chhetri heads the ball towards an onrushing Manvir in the middle but Manvir cannot get the right connection and Limbu collects the ball.
34′: India 0-0 Nepal
Shocking miss from Sunil Chhetri! Good movement between Pritam Kotal and Suresh. The latter cutbacks for Chhetri towards the far post and the Indian captain has an open goal to poke the ball into. He toes the ball but the ball goes just wide. That a horrific miss!
34′ CHANCE! Kotal feeds a ball to Suresh, who flashes a low cross across goal with Chhetri at the far post. But his finish went agonisingly wide.
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32′: India 0-0 Nepal
It’s been a very haphazard game so far without much pattern of play. Both teams are trying to go forward and both are losing possession quite easily.
19′: India 0-0 Nepal
Chhetri does well to collect the cross by getting ahead of the Nepalese defender, showing good physicality. However, the angle is too acute and his shot is sent out for a corner by Limbu.
17′: India 0-0 Nepal
Quick release from Gurpreet, collected by Chhetri as he dropped back. Chhetri lays the ball for Brandon, who passes to Suresh. The BFC man tries to send a through pass for Yasir but it a bit heavy.
15′: India 0-0 Nepal
Foul from Chhetri on Limbu as the Indian captain tries to reach a cross that was send for him towards the far post.
12′: India 0-0 Nepal
Yasir plays the ball towards Sunil Chhetri but it lands straight into the hands of Nepal keeper Kiran Limbu. He tries to release the ball quickly for his striker Manish but the attempt is unsuccessful.
The scoreline was goalless at half time after Sunil Chhetri missed a sitter and Manvir Singh failed to get a shot away from a good position. The first half saw India have much more of the ball but they still needed to be sharper in the final third.
The Indian men’s football team are in a must-win situation as they take on Nepal on Sunday at Male’s National Stadium in their third match of the tournament. Pre-tournament favourites India are yet to register a win after being held to disappointing draws in their first two match. In their championship opener, they played out a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bangladesh and then Sri Lanka frustrated them and held them to a goalless draw.
So far in the tournament, the Indian men’s football team have not been able to impress and have mostly looked out of their depth. After a couple of disappointing results, midfielder Brandon Fernandes admitted that the mood in the camp was low but that they had to get up, go again and give it their all.
In the pre-match press conference, head coach Igor Stimac said that despite the results so far, “nothing much has changed” and the team was “still alive in the championship. We are still here to win the tournament.”
The two teams had played two back-to-back international friendlies in Kathmandu in the first week of September where India had won the second match 2-1, after having drawn the first.
“We know them very well and have played twice against them. It’s an open game and if we play well, and do it right on the pitch, I am sure that we can win the game. There is no other option for us than to go out there and win it,” Stimac stated.
Nepal are leading the points table at the moment with six points having won both their matches against Maldives and Sri Lanka.
“They may have a different approach. They may calculate while playing against us. But we are not worried about them. We will go out to do our job from the first minute itself,” the coach added.
The Blue Tigers had their practice session on Saturday and the news from the camp is that there are no injury concerns with all 23 players available for selection.
Stimac mentioned about the lack of discipline on the pitch. “We haven’t been disciplined enough on the pitch. For all those simple mistakes, we are currently on two points whereas we should have been on six points now,” he opined.
“We know it will not be easy against Nepal. But we could win against them in Kathmandu, we can do it here too. But I reiterate that for that to happen we need to be committed and disciplined.”