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Nepal defeats India in SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship, enters final

Posted 2 months ago by Sandeep Bhattarai

Nepal defeats India in SAFF U-18 Women's Championship, enters final

Nepal has entered the final of the ongoing SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship by beating India 3-1 in the penalty shootout.

Nepal thrashed India in the first semi-final match that was held in the Chalnglimithang Stadium of Thimpu, Bhutan on Friday. Both the team had scored one each goal in the additional time taking the match to the penalty shootout.
Nepali team’s goalkeeper Anjana Rana Magar’s excellent performance contributed to the Nepal’s win. She blocked two penalty kicks from the Indian team and scored one while Nepali team’s Rekha Poudel and Manisha Raut scored two goals in the penalty.

Pooja Rana’s penalty kick, however, did not yield in goal. India’s Tudu Jabamani scored a goal in the penalty shootout. Nepal took the lead in the match with the maiden goal scored by Rashmi Kumari Ghising at the 16th minutes of the game while India’s Samikshya had scored its maiden goal at the 63rd minutes.

Meanwhile, in another round of second semi-final match, Bangladesh and Bhutan are playing the match Friday itself. Nepal will face whichever of these two teams emerges a winner. The Nepali team comprises goal keeper Anjana Rana Magar, Usha Nath, Kabita Rai, defender Nisha Thokar, Sushma Maharjan, Rojina Shrestha, Samikshya Ghimire, Bimala BK, Kopila Dhimal, Punam Pharswan, Pooja Rana Magar, midfielder Saru Limbu, Majnalai Kumari Yonjan, Subhadra Khadka, Asmita Baidya, Manisha Raut, Suhani Kusuwar, Srijana Singh Thakuri, Samjhana Lawati, Striker Rashmi Ghising, Rekha Poudel, Alisa Jamba and Samjhana Shrama.

Hari Om Shrestha is the lead coach of the Nepali team while assistant coach Prakash Baidya and goalkeeper coach Ashmita Khawas.

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