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GoalNepal's Rating For Nepal U19 Players In The Final Match Against India; Sojit Gurung Tops The List
Aug 30, 2015 09:58:29 AM - GoalNepal's Rating For Nepal U19 Players In The Final Match Against India; Sojit Gurung Tops The List
Sakar Prasain

For the first time since 1993, Nepal has become the champions of a tournament in international men’s football. There was much hype leading up to the match about whether or not Nepal could break its 22 years of frustration and heartbreak, but the Gorkhalis were able to prevail in what has become a historical game for Nepali football.

Here is the rating of Nepal U19 players:

Sojit Gurung-10: His heroic saves were absolutely crucial in the team’s victory. He had an important save early on in the first half as Indian captain Daniel Lalhlimpula’s fired a shot on target from distance. However, his most important save came in the penalty shootout; he had a tremendous save from India’s first penalty, taken by Moinuddin Khan, and this save ultimately led Nepal to victory in the shootout.

Kamal Shrestha-7: Kamal filled in at right back in the place of injured Gaurav Budhathoki and proved himself as a very reliable fullback; his pace going forward was absolutely exceptional. Physically, he was not easy for the Indian opposition to push past either.

Tchiring Gurung-7: A solid performance from the previously untested defender. He played brilliantly alongside Ananta at the heart of the defense and always looked confident.

Ananta Tamang-9: Ananta proved yet again why he is so highly rated at the center of the defense, and it was his header that led to midfielder Tej Tamang tapping in Nepal’s only goal.

Aakash Thapa-9: Played in an unfamiliar left back position, but was exceptional at both defending and playing long passes forward. He was not in the best of forms before the tournament, but his first touch and defensive positioning was truly impressive.

Dona Thapa-8: Helped regulate the midfield. His distribution and speed of play helped Nepal transition from the middle third to the final third of the field. He also made a number of physical challenges that helped the team win the ball back.

Tej Tamang-9: Scored Nepal’s first and only goal by getting himself in the right position at the right time. He wasn’t afraid to take on Indian midfielders or defenders and has proven himself as someone who can make a difference in the team.

Sunil Bal-7: A versatile player who was very effective going forward. He had a close ranged opportunity miraculously saved by the Indian goalkeeper in the second half.

Biswas Shrestha-8: Played the majority of the match on the left wing, but frequently interchanged with Bimal. Biswas, whose recent performances has led to a senior national team call-up, sent in a number of crosses from that left hand side that certainly caused the Indian defense problems.

Bimal Gharti Magar-9: Played like a true leader in the attack. The captain was loosely deployed on the left wing in the first half and had a large number of goal-scoring chances, which he was unlucky not to make the best of. In the second half, Bimal took a more permanent central role and was very effective in his distribution to his teammates going forward. Although he was unable to score, he really showed his ability to take the ball forward confidently.

Anjan Bista-9: Played down the middle and sometimes on the right hand side. He was often involved in the buildup to the multitude of scoring opportunities created in the first half. He was one of the standout performers, and his tremendous shot from distance gave Nepal the corner kick that led to the first goal of the match.


Hemanta Thapa Magar-7: Nepal’s first substitute of the match. He helped continue the flow of the midfield. He did have a selfish moment by taking a shot from distance that ended up going far too high when he had better options, but overall, he was solid.

Shiva Subedi-7: Came in for Anjan Bista during the last ten minutes. He may not have had much of an impact going forward, but he helped the team maintain its shape and style during his time on the field and played adequately whenever he received the ball.

Dinesh Rajbanshi-5: A defensive substitution coming in for Bimal in the last minutes. He had a silly handball that led to India’s penalty, which helped them back into the game. However, this was not a result changing outcome as Nepal still won in the penalty shootout. He still played normally otherwise when the opposition attacked.

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