KATHMANDU: The home team Nepal played out a goalless stalemate against Palestine and eventually crashed out from the qualifying stage of the Group ‘D’ of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, at the Dasharath Stadium, on Wednesday.
With two wins and a draw Palestine have topped group 'D' and Bangladesh with two wins and a loss, have finished as a runner-up.
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UPDATE 7: This is it. The match ends in a goalless stalemate.
90th minute: Three minutes added.
UPDATE 6: 80th minute: Yet another change for Nepal. Finally, Anil Gurung in. Jagjeet Shrestha out.
72nd minute: The match seems to be a monotonous one for the spectators.
68th minute: Another substitution for Nepal. Bijaya Gurung in. Bhola Silwa out.
62nd minute: Amar Dangol in. Jumanu Rai out.
UPDATE 5: 60th minute: Palestine playing defensive tactics. A draw is sure to ensure them the tickets to the final round of the AFC Challenge Cup to be held in Maldives in 2014.
54th minute: Rabin Shrestha injured.
47th minute: Jumanu Rai missed a golden opportunity to take a lead.
Second half starts.
UPDATE 4: First half was barren for both the sides.
45th minute: Three minutes added prior to the interval break.
44th minute: Jagjeet Shrestha hits a free kick. But, nothing much exciting.
38th minute: Nepal playing an attacking game. Palestine are on the back foot.
31st minute: Nepal's skipper Sagar Thapa also receives yellow card.
Haytham (Palestine) earns first yellow card of the match.
30th minute: Palestine missed twice within 30 minutes of play.
UPDATE 3: 26th minute: The ball hits the top bar. Palestine nearly opened a goal account.
23rd minute: Some one from the spectator seems to have hurled 'unidentified object' at Mousa (Palestine).
Nepal playing an attacking game.
17th minute: Bharat Khawas's header went few inches above the goal post.
12th minute: Palestine nearly found back of the net.
UPDATE 2: 10th minute: No such lethal goal attempts from both the sides.
Four minutes: Biraj Maharajan's free kick bore no fruit.
Nepal is donning blue jersey and Palestine is in white.
The match has been kickedoff.
The floodlights have been repaired.
UPDATE 1: The players waited for about few minutes on the ground. But, it seems it will take some time before the match resumes.
The match has been delayed due to some problem in the floodlights.
As the evening falls, there has been a good presence of home crowd.
Both the teams are ready to lock horns.
(With inputs from our correspondent Rajendra Chapagain at the Dasharath Stadium)
KATHMANDU: Nepal is taking on the mighty side Palestine in the home team’s do-or-die match to vie for finals berth, in the qualifying stage of the Group ‘D’ of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, at the Dasharath Stadium, on Wednesday.
For the final encounter, Jumanu Rai has come forward and Santosh Sahukhala is on the bench.
The home team needs to eke out a minimum 3-0 victory to sail through to the finals to be held in Maldives in 2014.
The playing format is likely to be 4-3-3.
The match is set to kickoff at 6:15 pm.
Palestine, however, are not a tough nut to crack for Nepal after watching their second string team showering Northern Mariana Islands with nine goals on Monday. Palestine coach Jamal Mahmoud has already declared to field his full strength side against the hosts.
It is going to be only the third encounter between Nepal and Palestine. After playing a goalless stalemate in the first meeting during the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in 2009, Nepal had suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Palestine in the Finals of the previous edition on home soil last year.
Nepali squad: Goalkeeper: Kiran Chemjong; Defender: Sagar Thapa (skipper), Rohit Chand, Rabin Shrestha, Biraj Maharjan; Midfielder: Raju Tamang, Bhola Silwal, Sandeep Rai; Forward: Bharat Khawas, Jumanu Rai, Jagjeet Shrestha.
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