The Indian Football team could only manage a draw against Nepal after its attackers failed to convert chances into goals.
India dominates in the first half
The first half of the match saw some great attacking football from India. Initially the Nepal players created two great chances inside the first ten minutes, but Indian players soon found their composure and started causing problems in the Nepal half.
Robin Singh, in particular, was a big headache for the Nepal defense. He was getting through balls from the likes of Jeje, Francis Fernandez and Sunil Chhetri. Woodwork and the Nepal goalkeeper, Limbu were the two impediments that stood between a Goal and India.
Corners and free kicks kept flowing in India’s favor throughout the first half. At the 30th minute, India fired in three consecutive shots at the goal but none of them found the back of the net. Chhetri and Robin continued to create chances and in extra time of the first half, Chhetri almost scored the first goal. He was one on one with the keeper but shot the ball wide even after sending the Nepal goalkeeper in the wrong direction.
Nepal Continues to Frustrate Indian Football team
India started off the second half by replacing Subrata Pal with Karanjit Singh. The men in blue took over from where they left off and kept making chances. Chhetri, in particular, was stirring the pot. He produced some exciting runs and quality crosses early into the second half but all of them were dealt with by the Nepal defenders.
Nepal almost scored in the 59th minute against the flow of play when they worked a ball into the box. Fortunately for India, the attacker was offside. Sushil KC then went agonizingly close for Nepal ten minutes later, but his shot too was off the target.
India and Nepal traded chances afterward with Chhetri being the unlucky one for India yet again. The Nepal defense was able to frustrate the Indian attackers and it wasn’t doing any good for India. Chhetri’s free kick in the 90th minute was headed wide by Sandhesh Jhingan and it summed up India’s day. CK Vineeth, who came on as a substitute for Jeje had one last chance when he was free on goal but was taken out by Nepal Midfielder Nawayug Shreshta.
The scoreboard read 0-0 at the final whistle and it concluded a disappointing outing for the Indian Football Team.