Nepal lost 2-0 to Yemen in the second match of the second round of World Cup Qualifiers at the Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday.
Yemen scored both the goals in the second half of the match as Nepal still look for their first points in the second round. Nepal had lost their first match to UAE on November 16 in Dubai.
After a dull first half display, the game thrust in the second half. Substitute Hisub Thapaliya shot straight at the keeper when he had the best of chances to give Nepal the lead in the 61st minute of the game. Yemen's goal in the 65th minute was ruled off for offside.
Yemen took the lead in the 73rd minute of the match through a wonder strike form Omar Abdullah Al-Dahi. Dahi wiggled past Nepali defender to bury the ball into the top corner with a sweet left-footed strike.
Rajesh Pariyar debuted for the national side when he replaced Anjan Bista in the 79th minute.
Yemen doubled the lead and ensured victory in the 90th minute when Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dahi dinked the ball over Nepali skipper Kiran Chemjon for the second goal.
The remaining matches of the Qualifier will now be played in March.
Nepal will look to bounce back from the 4-0 defeat against UAE in the second round of World Cup Qualifiers when they face Yemen at Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday.
Nepal had lost to UAE in Dubai on November 16 and will face Yemen at the national stadium at 7 pm.
Coaches and captain from both the sides address a pre-match press conference on Monday and laid out their claims for the match. Yemen head coach Miroslav Soukup said Nepal will have the home advantage but brushed off if the late evening start would work to their advantage. He also praised the Nepali side for their performance against UAE.
"Nepal created chances and registered shots against UAE which is good. We feel the weather here has been good and expect a good crowd," said Soukup.
Nepal's head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese he had requested ANFA for the late start and requested fans to get behind their team on Tuesday. "The tickets are also really cheap. I request the fans to get behind their team on matchday," he said.
ANFA Vice President Deepak Khatiwada, speaking in the press meet after the PMPC, said ANFA has arranged buses for fans to return home. "We have arranged 15 buses which will run in various routes. Fans can travel on those buses by showing their tickets," he said.
The match will be broadcasted live by NTV Plus.
Nepal were downed 4-0 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first match of the second round of World Cup 2026 Qualifiers in Dubai on Sunday.
Played at Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, UAE scored all the four goals in the first half against Nepal. Nepal put up an improved performance in the second half but were unable to find any goal.
UAE scored their first through Khalifa Mubarak's header in the 11th minute. Mubarak headed in Ali Saleh's cross from the corner. He evaded Sanish Shrestha's challenge and rose the highest to head the ball in.
UAE's attempt to double the lead in the 26th minute through Caio Canedo was foiled by Nepali custodian Kiran Chemjong.
But UAE soon doubled their advantage in the 36th minute when they were awarded with a penalty for a foul. Substitute Amrit Shrestha, who came in for injured Laken Limbu, fouled Adballa Ramadan inside the box prompting the referee to award UAE with the penalty.
Ali Mabkhout scored from the penalty kick beyond the stretching palms of Nepali keeper Chemjong. Mabkhout scored his second and UAE's third eight minutes after the second goal when Nepal failed to deal with UAE's set-piece allowing Mabkhout to head in.
UAE scored their fourth in the first added minute of the game when Fabio Lima was at the receiving end of Ramadan's cross and calmly put it into the net.
Nepal were a much better team in the second half and created few chances to their names but were unable to break the home team down.
Chhiring Lama's header in the 53rd minute was collected easily by UAE's goalkeeper Khalid Eissa. Anjan Bista had his shot in the 59th minute blocked by UAE defense before the best of the chances fell to Manish Dangi in the 81st minute when his goal bound shot from Hisub Thapaliya's header was palmed away by Eissa.
Nepal will now play their second match against Yemen at home on November 21. The match against Yemen will be played at 7 pm at Dasharath Stadium.
(Photo via: UAE FA)
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has bid farewell to the national men's squad travelling to UAE for the second round of World Cup Qualifiers match against UAE.
Chief Guest and Member Secretary at National Sports Council (NSC) Tanka Lal Ghising, ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Vice Presidents Deepak Khatiwada and Dawa Lama and Ex-Co member and coordinator of national team Manish Joshi bid the team at ANFA Complex on Friday.
NSC Member Secretary Ghising, ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Vice President Deepak Khatiwada and Ex-Co member Manish Joshi addressed the farewell ceremony.
Nepal will play against UAE on Thursday. The team will fly for the match on Sunday.
Goalkeepers: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Deep Karki, Abhishek Baral
Defenders: Sanish Shrestha, Rohit Chand, Anjan Rai, Aashish Chaudhary, Amrit Shrestha, Arik Bista, Chhiring Lama, Yogesh Gurung
Midfielders: Laken Limbu, Utsav Rai, Kritish Ratna Chhunju, Manish Dangi, Sesehang Angdembe, Nishan Hamal
Forwards: Anjan Bista, Ayush Ghalan, Gillespye Jung Karki, Hisub Thapaliya, Sanjeeb Bista, Rajesh Pariyar
Officials: Uttam Raj Bhandari (Team Manager), Vincenzo Alberto Annese (Head Coach), Prabesh Katwal (Coach), Binod Maharjan (GK Coach), Dr Raju Dangol Maharjan (Team Doctor), Avishkar Pudasaini (Physiotherapist), Bikash Gurung (Kit Manager), Shyam Krishna Subedi (Official), Mani Dewan (Official), Kabirash Sharma (Media Officer)
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