KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Nepal U-15 men’s football team has suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of 10-man Bangladesh in the last group match of the ongoing SAFF U-15 Men’s Championship in Lalitpur on Monday.
In the last Group A match played at the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Complex, Bangladesh took the lead just within the second minutes through a goal from Mohamed Ibne Ahad Sakil.
Bangladesh’s goalkeeper Mitul Marma was sent off after a deliberate foul on Rakesh Bishwokarma in the 33rd minute. Nepal was awarded the penalty and Jaan Limbu converted the spot kick to level Nepal.
Nepal went down again in the 46th minute as Mohamed Pajon Howladar scored a minute after the half time break.
Nepal created several goal-scoring chances in the game, but could not utilize them. Nepal head coach Sanoj Shrestha said that despite creating several chances, his side failed to convert them. “We caused 10-man Bangladesh a lot of problems with our chances, but we failed to capitalize them despite looking dangerous,” Shrestha said.
In the Group B match played on the same day, India saw off Bhutan 4-0 to secure a semifinal spot.
Paul Shubho opened the scoring for India in the fourth minute, while Subba Kushang added the second to its tally in the 66th minute. Likewise, Shubho added his second in the 83rd minute, with Xalxo Alam sealing India’s comfortable win in the 90th minute.
Nepal will now take on Group B winner Pakistan in the semifinal, after India plays against Group A winner Bangladesh earlier on Thursday.