Nepal bounced back with a 4-0 victory over Bhutan in their second Group ‘A’ match of the Saff Championship football tournament at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday.
AnantaTamang’s stunning header off Sunil Bal’s corner gave Nepal 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. Sunil Bal’s shot from a rebound found the back of net in the 70th minute after Bimal Gharti Magar could not utilise the penalty. Nepal were awarded the spot-kick after Nima Wangdi of Bhutan fouled Nirajan Khadka in the D-box area.
Bhutan were reduced to 10 players after Wangdi was sent off for two yellow cards.
Substitute Bharat Khawas, who replaced Anjan Bista, extended the lead to 3-0 in the 79th minute.Nirajan Khadka scored fourth goal from a header in the 88th minute from Bal’s corner.
Earlier, Nepal lost 2-1 to Pakistan to a last-gasp goal from Muhammad Ali. Bhutan went down 2-0 to hosts Bangladesh.
Goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong (Limbu) had led the Nepali team instead of regular captain Biraj Maharjan. This is Limbu’s first stint as the captain of the national football team.