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Target is to beat Bangladesh and advance: Bal Gopal Maharjan

Speaking at the post match press conference, Nepal coach Bal Gopal Marajan said his team won today because they truly deserve this win and they will be looking forward to beat host nation Bangladesh in the final group game to advance into the semifinals.

Nepal thrashed ten men Bhutan today by 4-0 in SAFF Suzuki Cup Group A. Both the teams came to this game losing the group opener against Bangladesh and Pakistan. Nepal lost their first game 2-1 at the hands of Pakistan and Bhutan lost 2-0 to the host.

“Before the game, I motivated the players, this is a deserving win. Our aim is to beat Bangladesh and advance in to the semifinals.”

Nepal’s first goal came in the 21st minute when defender Ananta Tamang headed from a corner. The second goal came when referee awarded a penalty to Nepal for a foul on substitute Nirajan Khadka. Bhutan were reduced to ten men when the referee decided to send-off defender Nima Wangdi for the foul. Sunil Bal hit the rebound when Bimal Magar’s penalty was saved by Bhutan goalkeeper.

“We worked on the corners and today we scored twice from that. So, my hard work pays off”

Today’s win for Bhutan is the first in a SAFF Championship match since they beat India at home soil in 2013. And this is also the first win for them in an International tournament in 22 months.

Third and fourth goal came from the two substitutes Bharat Khawas and Nirajan Khadka.

Nepal will have to beat Bangladesh on Saturday to advance into semifinals.


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