Nepal gamboled to 1-0 victory upon Bangladesh and propelled into the final of men’s football through the13th South Asian Games held in Kathmandu, on Sunday.
Today at the full house Dashrath Stadium, Sunil Bal’s solitary strike in the 11th minute was barely from Nepal to see Bangladesh ahead in the critical fixture.
He commenced the move and ended it smartly following a stand-in skipper Sujal Shrestha fulfilled a weighted cut-back pass in the area. Performing in the presence of home supporters, Bal scored himself and sidefooted the ball into the far post and beyond the reach of Bangladeshi goalie.
Both the teams formed various opportunities in the second half but to no avail.
Through the closing stages, rages flyered from both the side. Bangladesh seeking an equalizer conceded a blow following their talismanic skipper Jamal Phuyan was shown a red card for two bookable resentments in the collapsing period of added minutes of the second half.
Earlier, Nepal had missed to Bangladesh in the final of the 8th edition of the SAFF games held in Kathmandu, in 1999.
With this hard-fought achievement, Nepal will lock their points against Bhutan in the title showdown at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu, on Tuesday.
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