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Nepal Vs Pakistan Friendly Series: Nepal Concedes Late Goal As Pakistan Wins First Friendly
Feb 6, 2013 04:40:24 PM - Nepal Vs Pakistan Friendly Series: Nepal Concedes Late Goal As Pakistan Wins First Friendly

Pakistan National Team defeated Nepal 1-0 thanks to a late goal scored by Hassan Bashir to take 1-0 lead in two match friendly series on Wednesday.


When the match was heading towards a dull draw, Ganesh Khadka changed the script.

Khadka was smart enough to play back pass which was grabbed by Hassan Bashir who sneaked through hollow defense line and placed the ball home to silence thousands of Nepalese supporters present at Dasrath stadium. 

The first friendly match, which saw six new players playing their international debut, couldn't entertain the crowd throughout the match.

Coaches snubbed Anil Gurung and Jumanu Rai in the front line but surprisingly handed Rajendra Rawal a debut who was asked to take care of central midfield.

Sagar Thapa led the defense line that was comprised of Sandip Rai, Biraj Maharjan and Rabin Shrestha.

Pic: Manoj Singh,

The defense line was fragile except Biraj Maharjan was on live-wire on some occasions. Left back Rabin Shrestha had a forgettable day while skipper Sagar Thapa and Sandip Rai didn't look in confident mood.

The midfield line was too awful as the play makers were losing somewhere on the park.

Bharat Khawas had twist and turn with the legs but he was not well supported by fellow striker Santosh Sahukhala.

The match started in a dull note but the visitors attacked first in Nepal's den.

It was almost a goal lead for Green Shirts but Hassan Bashir wasted a sitter in 8th minute.

Nepal goalie Kiran Chemjong failed to make good coordination with defenders that left Bashir completely unmarked but luck was on Nepal's side as Bashir shot the ball inches wide from close range.

Nepal made the first dangerous attempt in 32nd minute but it  was wasted by Jagjeet Shrestha.

Bhola Silwal ricocheted the ball to Jagjeet Shrestha, who was luckily unmarked but miscued the shot that left Nepalese supporters completely frustrated.

Bhola Silwal had a very good chance to score the goal but he blasted the ball out from close range.

Nepal skipper Sagar Thapa had a lovely free kick in 36th minute from 30 yard distance but an experienced goalie Jaffar Khan had no problem in saving the ball.

The first half was barren and it was the same till the injury time but Denmark based striker Hassan broke the deadlock just before the final whistle.

Pic: Manoj Singh,

The second friendly match will be played on Saturday.

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