Sept. 9- Nepal increased their chances of moving into the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship following their 2-1 win over Kuwait at the Muangthong Stadium on Tuesday.
Skipper Bimal Gharti Magar, who returned to the squad following his suspension in the first match, confirmed Nepal the win scoring a penalty in the 81st minute.
Kuwait had cancelled Nepal’s third minute goal -- courtesy an own goal from S. Alkhaildi -- in the 75th minute through S. Albariki.
Nepal looked a lot confident than their previous encounter against Uzbekistan in the first match. The team went ahead as early as in the third minute when Kiran Sunar’s cross in the middle of box deflected off S. Alkhaldi into the back of the net.
Nepal dominated the possession following the goal, going close to scoring several times in the games. Anjan Bista missed several attempts throughout the game. Kiran Sunar and Sanjog Rai all missed the target several times.
It’s not that Kuwait were completely in the receiving end. Ananta Tamang was a live-wire at the back. His most notable play was when he headed away S. Albarik’s powerful shot, with the keeper beaten.
Kuwait equalized in the 75th minute when Akash Thapa brought down M. Alsulaili inside the box. Though goalkeeper Roman Rasaili guessed the direction right, it was too powerful for Rasaili to deny it.
Nepal’s winning goal came in the 81st minute, thanks to a penalty won by Anjan Bista. Bimal converted the penalty with ease to give Nepal three points from the match.
Nepal now have four points with a match remaining against North Korea on Thursday.
Bimal Gharti Magar was adjudged the man-of-the-match.
Nepal goals-Bimal Gharti Magar 82' pk
S. Alkhaldi 3'(OG)
Nepal cards- Aakash Thapa- 74' (Y)
89' Bimal (Out), Anil Rai( In )
87' Bikash Thapa( Out) , Rupesh Tamang( In)
81' Sunil Bal (Out), Sanjok Rai( In)