Nepal defeat Sri Lanka in Bangabandhu Gold Cup
Finally, Nepal won an international match after 2 years at the cost of Sri Lanka at the Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Nepal striker Bimal Gharti Magar’s early score was enough for Nepal to win the match opposing their South Asian rivals Sri Lanka. Gharti Magar’s goal in the 2nd minute of the match showed to be the distinction in between the two sides at Dhaka. Magar transformed with a close quarters shot after receiving the cross from left back Rabin Shrestha. It is Magar’s 3rd goal for the senior side.
WIth the win, Nepal also avenged their 1-0 loss opposing Sri Lanka in the just recently concluded Saff Tournament in India. Nepal had lost their opening match of the regional competition by the exact same goal margin in Trivandrum, Kerala. Nepal now has four points from 2 matches. The Nepali side had held Malaysian side Felda to a goalless make use of Tuesday.
It was the first success of Nepal in any global football match after their 2-1 win over India in the SAFF Champion in Kathmandu in 2013.
Nepal beat the Sri Lankans to extract the vengeance as they had lost an important SAFF Suzuki Cup group game opposing the Lankans in the dying minutes of the match.
With the win today, Nepal leading the group A score table with 4 points after 2 matches and Sri Lanka languish in the bottom of the chart and are on the way back to the Indian Island.
Previously, Nepal had actually played a goalless draw with the Felda United of Malaysia on Saturday, January 8.
The match in between Felda and Bangladesh today will choose Nepal’s progress to the semi-final.
After being declared the Man of the Match, the sole scorer Magar, speaking at the presentation event, thanked his colleagues and his family for their assistance, looking forward to seeing the next difficulty versus the hosts on Friday.
Nepal will play their upcoming match versus Bangladesh on Friday.