Mumbai: Goals from Sandesh Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhlua in the second half helped India beat Nepal in a friendly match at the Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai on Tuesday.
Jhingan opened the account for India in the 60th minute finding the back of the net with a well-timed volley. Lalpekhlua then doubled the lead in the 78th minute by slotting a pass from Mohammad Rafique from the left past the Nepal goalkeeper to seal the game in India’s favour.
The win comes as a confidence booster for India who will be taking on Kyrgyz Republic in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier in Bengaluru next week. In the first half, India’s Robin Singh got couple of chances to score but failed to find the net as Nepal put up a good resistance.
India lost Rowllin Borges early on due to a head injury and he was substituted by Eugeneson Lyngdoh who controlled the game from there on.
Nepal got the best chance of the night when in the dying moments of the first half Nawayug Shreshta found an open net after India skipper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu came blazing out of his goal. But India got out of jail with Shreshta firing the ball wide.
India upped the ante in the second half and were rewarded. Things got tough for Nepal as their skipper Biraj Maharjan was given his marching orders for his challenge on Bikash Jairu in the 68th minute. Ten minutes later, Jeje found the net.
Among the 19 matches played between the two sides, India have won 13 times, shared spoils four times and lost twice to their neighbouring nation.