28 August, 2012
Nepal played with some purpose for the first time in the Nehru Cup 2012 as they managed to steal a point away from host India. Even though the match finished in the scoreless tie there were plenty of onfield drama to cheer for. Perhaps too little to late for Nepal.
Even though India had better possession but Nepal managed to grab something out of the game. Nepalese defenders and midfielders played at their best and gave rejoicing India a nightmare. Biraj Maharjan, Sandeep Rai were brilliant. Bikash Singh Chettri received marching order late in the game but Nepalese players prevailed a late scare from Indian onsaulght. Indian skipper Sunil Chettri couldn't penetrate a tight and resolute Nepalese defense.
Nepalese coach Krishna Thapa brought Kiran Chemjong on goal and he did perform better then his goalie Ritesh Thapa. A cool and composed performance by Chemjong. Overall it was a tale of two halves. In the first half Nepal was the dominating team while India came back strongly in the second half. But clear cut chance was never there for both the teams. A well deserved point and a well deserved performance.
India now have 7 points and will need at least a point to make it to the final. Maldives has 6 points and has a game against Cameroon. If Maldives win the match then they are through to the final and a loss means India and Cameroon will qualify for the final.