KATHMANDU: Nepali youth team thrashed Sri Lanka 6-0 and advanced to the final of the U-17 SAFF Championship in Colombo on Monday.

Skipper Prashant Laksam, Harish Raj Bhatta, Subash Bam, Niroj Karki, Unesh Budhathoki and Sijal Rai scored one goal each for Nepal.

Skipper Laksam opened the scoring in the 21st minute from the spot after Subash Bam was brought down inside the penalty box. Harish Raj Bhatta doubled the lead two minutes later with a superb strike from the edge of the box, while Bam made it 3-0 in the 30th minute.

Karki found the back of the nets in the 37th minute as Nepal went into the break with a 4-0 commanding lead. Nepal then added two goals in the second half to complete the comprehensive victory.

Budhathoki extended the lead in the 51st minute and Rai completed the scoring in the injury time. Nepal will take on India in Wednesday's final. India defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in another semi-final match on Monday.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 13, 2022 of The Himalayan Times.