HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: After losing to Maldives and Cameroon, Nepal are taking on two-time defending champions India in the Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
A loss against India will confirm Nepal’s exit before they face Syria in their last match, while the Indian victory will send the hosts into the final. Pointless Nepal stay at the bottom among five teams, while India are atop the table with six points from two matches.
Nepal began with a 2-1 loss against Maldives on August 23 and suffered a 5-0 drubbing from Cameroon on Sunday. After defeating Syria2-1 in the opening day, India thrashed Maldives 3-0 on Saturday. It will be the 13th encounter between the two sides with Nepal winning two, while India have won the remaining 10.
Nepal defeated India 4-3 in penalties to win 1993-Dhaka South Asian Games gold medal before beating them 3-0 in the AFC Challenge Cup quarter-final in Chittagong in 2006. Nepal last met India in the sixth SAFF Championships in Dhaka and lost the match 1-0.