- Published on Saturday, 19 September 2015 01:46
Nepal came from two goals down to beat hosts Kyrgyzstan in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers match at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek on Friday.
It was a night of high drama in Group B on Wednesday as Nepal overturned a 2-0 first-half deficit to defeat hosts Kyrgyzstan 4-2 and go top of qualifying Group B on the same day that Jordan scored twice in the space of 60 seconds in the last ten minutes of their match with Oman, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Hashemite Kingdom.
After losing their opening match to Oman, Kyrgyzstan looked to have got their qualification campaign back on track when a 29th minute Gulzhigit Bourbaev strike followed by an Emir Shigabaev penalty two minutes later gave the Group B hosts a 2-0 lead over Nepal going into the half-time break.
An impressive crowd of over 8500 fans had turned up to the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in anticipation of Kyrgyzstan's first Group B win and everything was going to plan until a second-half fightback from Nepal that few would have anticipated as the Central Asian fans celebrated their two-goal advantage.
Nepal skipper Manish Bahadhur Karki reduced the deficit ten minutes after the restart before parity was restored in the 67th minute when Rejin Subba took his tally in the qualifiers to three, after scoring both goals in Nepal's 2-1 defeat of Jordan in Wednesday's opening fixture.
Nepal took the lead when substitute Dinesh Henjan made it 3-2 before the midfielder extinguished any hope the home side had of taking anything from the game when he scored Nepal's fourth two minutes into second-half stoppage time, with his second of the match coming six minutes after Kyrgyzstan were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Azmat Melisbekov.
Ten group winners and four best second-placed teams will join DPR Korea, who topped the already concluded Group H, and India in next year's finals, with the tournament hosts receiving an automatic qualification.
Should India finish top of their qualifying group or among the four best second-placed teams, the fifth best second-placed nation will qualify for the final competition.