10-man Nepal go down to mighty India 2-0 in a friendly match
KATHMANDU: Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu's herioc display went in vain as the team crashed to 2-0 defeat to India during an International friendly match in Mumbai.
Defender Sandesh Jhinghan and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua strike in the second half was enough for India to triump in a pulsating encounter with arch-rival Nepal at the Mumbai Football Arena this evening.
Nepal and India were playing a friendly match as part of a preparation for their upcoming AFC 2019 Asia Cup qualifier in home turf.
Nepal will take on Yemen on June 13 at the APF Halchok Stadium and India will play against the Kyrgyzstan.
Both the teams played a dour first half neither side seemed reluctant to take risk going forward and rarely created any half chances.
India's Jeje Lalpekhlua India's most influential player on the pitch capped the game with a fabulous goal on 77th minute, guides a ball past full stretch dive of Limbu to his right after a cut back by Mohammad Rafique.
Nepal's goalie Limbu again came to team rescue as he showed some brilliant reflex saves and pulled off a blinder to deny Jeje Lalpekhlua scoring his second of the night and India's third goal in the dying added minutes of the second half.
In a latest FIFA ranking India are ranked 100th compared to Nepal 169th position.