Jhapa XI defeated 10-man Morang FC 5-3 on penalties in the first quarterfinal match of Birat Gold Cup 2074 at Sahid Maidan on Monday.
The match ended at 3-3 draw in the regulation time and extra added time to push the match to spot kick battle.
Deepak Rai scored in a free kick in the 21st minute to provide lead to the hosts team. Niraj Basnet doubled the tally in the 30th minute. A minute later, Karna Limbu scored for Jhapa XI to make the scoreline 2-1 till half time break.
Jhapa XI gifted a goal to Morang as Mufta Lawal netted in an own post in the 51st minute. Michael reduced the deficit in the 59th minute. Abubakar Yakuba scored in the final minutes for Jhapa XI to make 3-3 draw.
Hosts team were down to 10-man as Niraj Basnet got marching orders for a tackle to Michael inside box.
Abubakar Yakuba of Jhapa XI was adjudged the man of the match He received Rs.10,000.
Jhapa XI will play against the winner of NPC Vs Nepal Army Club in the first semifinal match on Chaitra 23.
Nepal APF Club will take on Sankata Club in the second quarterfinal match tomorrow.
Morang XI: Surya Adhikari(GK), Deepak Rai(C), Niraj Basnet, Anish Magar, Bidur Rijal, Ashok Khawas, Sushil Rai, Buddhiman Rai, Nisan Limbu, Glory, Sella.
Jhapa XI: Manoj Pradhan(GK), Karna Limbu, Yogesh Gurung(C), Dilan Loktam, Devendra Tamang, Bhusan Limbu, Bishwash Shrestha, Pujan Uperkoti, Mufta Lawal, Yakuba, Lieciel.
Birat Gold Cup is organizing the championship that has a winning purse of Rs 12,71,000.
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