Nepal into the final of 'WAFF Championship'

Published On: February 28, 2024 11:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Nepal has reached the final of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Women's Championship beating Lebanon. 

Nepal defeated Lebanon 2-1 in the semi-final held at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last night. Nepal has participated in the WAFF Championship for the first time. Sabitra Bhandari and Preeti Rai scored a goal each for Nepal.  

In the additional time in the second half of the match, Rai scored a goal to ensure Nepal's victory. Earlier in the 38th minute of the match, Nepal's defender Puja Rana scored a suicide goal to put Nepal under pressure. Pooja's back pass to goalkeeper Anjila Tumbappo Subba while she was moving forward turned into a goal.  

In the 75th minute of the match, Nepal scored the equalizer. Taking advantage of the mistake made by the Lebanese defender, Bhandari scored the equalizer and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. After that, Nepal's Rai added a goal in the extra time of the second half to ensure Nepal's journey to the final. 

With this win, Nepal will now take on Jordan for the title. Jordan defeated Palestine 5-0 in the first semi-final to reach the final. The final will be played tomorrow. Earlier, Nepal, which is in Group 'B', had reached the semi-finals by defeating Syria, Iraq and Palestine.

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