Nepal into SAFF Finals for the first time

  • 2021-10-13

Nepal has reached the finals of the SAFF Championship after playing out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in Male on Wednesday.

Nepal required only a point to confirm their place in the finals. Anjan Bista struck in the 86th minute penalty to give the vital point for Nepal and create history.

Bangladesh had taken the lead through Sumon Reza unmarked header in the 8th minute. Nepal wasted a glorious opportunity to bring things to level after Rohit Chand skied his shot after cross by Gautam Shrestha in the 15th.

Nepal kept on knocking Bangladesh's post but found their goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico in tremendous form. Sumon Reza could also double Bangladesh lead in the 55th but was kept out by rushing Kiran Chemjong.

Rahman was sent off in the 79th when he handled Anjan Bista's shot outside the box. Nepal were awarded a penalty four minutes from time when Bista was brought down inside the box. He levelled and ensured the point which would guarantee Nepal's place in the final.

Nepal will take on either Maldives or India in the final on October 16. Maldives only need a point while India have to win the match to reach the final.

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