Nepal | January 24, 2019

SAFF U-19 Championship: Nepal ‘keep home the bacon’ beating India 5-4 in tiebreaker

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Players and officials of national U-19 team take group photo with winner's trophy after the prize distribution ceremony of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Players and officials of national U-19 team take group photo with winner’s trophy after the prize distribution ceremony of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

KATHMANDU: Nepal defeated India in tiebreaker to win the first edition of SAFF Under-19 Championship at ANFA Complex grounds, Lalitpur on Saturday.

This is Nepal’s first ever trophy in the age-group tournaments and first by any team in 22 years. Nepal’s national team had won the South Asian Games in 1993.

Hemant Thapa Magar, Sunil Bal, Biswas Shrestha, Anjan Thapa and Ananta Tamang converted their spot kicks after goalkeeper Sojit Gurung saved the first shot by Indian forward Moinuddin to lead Nepal to 5-4 victory in penalty shootout. The regular time had ended in 1-1 draw.

This is a sweet revenge for Nepal against the neighbouring India who had beaten them three times –twice in final and once in semifinal– in Under-16 tournaments.

The government has announced Rs 100,000 each to the team members as cash rewards for winning the regional tournament.

KP Sharma Oli (right) Chairperson of CPN-UML hands over winner's trophy to skipper Bimal Gharti Magar and teammates during the prize distribution ceremony of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

KP Sharma Oli (right) Chairperson of CPN-UML hands over winner’s trophy to skipper Bimal Gharti Magar and teammates during the prize distribution ceremony of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Decisive Save: Nepal's goalkeeper Sojit Gurung save Indian substitute forward Moinuddin's spot kick. Photo: ANFA

Decisive Save: Nepal’s goalkeeper Sojit Gurung save Indian substitute forward Moinuddin’s spot kick. Photo: ANFA

Tej Tamang (right) of Nepal takes shot against India in the final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Tej Tamang (right) of Nepal takes shot against India in the final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Ananta Tamang (right) and Sojit Gurung goalkeeper of Nepal celebrate victory against India in tie-break in final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Ananta Tamang (right) and Sojit Gurung goalkeeper of Nepal celebrate victory against India in tie-break in final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Players and officials of national U-19 team celebrate victory against India in final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Players and officials of national U-19 team celebrate victory against India in final match of the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Sojit Gurung goalkeeper of Nepal being raised in the air by teammates after winnig final match against India during the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Sojit Gurung goalkeeper of Nepal being raised in the air by teammates after winnig final match against India during the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Players of Nepal acknowledge spectators and supporters of home team after winning final match against India during the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

Players of Nepal acknowledge spectators and supporters of home team after winning final match against India during the 1st SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Saturday. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry

 

With Tej Tamang making breakthrough in 31st minute, Nepal were leading till 87th minute when India earned a spot kick after defender Dinesh Rajbanshi handled the ball in the penalty box. India’s  Shahbaaz cashed in on the opportunity and equalised the scores.

Skipper Bimal Gharti Magari, who is also a regular member of the national team, expressed happiness over the performance by the Under-19 team. “We have created history,” he said.

If the government and ANFA continued supporting the youth team, he added, “Then we can do something in South Asia.”

Nepal had opened the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Bhutan before beating Bangladesh 2-1 in the group stage. The hosts defeated Afghanistan 3-2 in the semi-finals.

India had made it to the final without conceding any goal. India beat Afghanistan 2-0 and edged Maldives 3-0 in group stage before edging past Bangladesh in sudden death to meet Nepal in the final.

Social network sites Twitter and Facebook are inundated with posts on Nepal’s victory.

Former coach Jack Stefanowski(Updated)

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Nepal football players singing national anthem before the semi-final match against Afghanistan at ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Photo Courtesy: GoalNepal.com

Nepal football players singing national anthem before the semi-final match against Afghanistan at ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Photo Courtesy: GoalNepal.com

India, Nepal 1-1 draw in regular time, tiebreaker to follow

KATHMANDU: As regular time ended in 1-1 draw, Nepal and India are headed to the tiebreaker to get the results of SAFF U-19 Championship at ANFA Complex grounds, Lalitpur.

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SAFF U-19 Championship: India equalise, four minutes injury time added

KATHMANDU: India scored an equaliser in the 87th minute through spot kick after a Nepali player handled the ball inside the penalty box.

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Nepal, India fight for SAFF U-19 trophy today

KATHMANDU: Nepal are locking their horns against India in final match of the SAFF U-19 Championship at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Saturday.

Tej Tamang made the breakthrough for Nepal, scoring in the 31st minute in rebound after India goalkeeper blocked Ananta Tamang’s header.


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