By a Staff Reporter
Nepal defeated India 3-1 in a last round-robin match to advance to the final of the ongoing SAFF U20 Women’s Championship in Bangladesh.
Nepal, who were trailing by a goal before going into the break, came back strong with three goals from Anjali Chand, Preeti Rai, and Amisha Karki.
India’s only goal was scored by Apurna Narzari in the 21st minute. Anjali Chand equalized the match just three minutes after the interval. Skipper Preeti Rai then made no mistake from the spot in the 69th minute to give Nepal a lead.
Amisha Karki sealed the victory for Nepal with her fourth goal of the tournament in the 89th minute. Amisha had previously scored a hat-trick against Bhutan, while Preeti Rai scored one goal.
Earlier, Nepal suffered a 3-1 loss to Bangladesh and secured a 4-0 victory over Bhutan.
In the second match of the day, Bangladesh defeated Bhutan 5-0 and finished at the top of the table with seven points. This victory means the hosts will see Nepal in the final of the championship on 9th February 2023.