KATHMANDU: Nepal slumped to 2-1 defeat after conceding a late stoppage-time goal towards Pakistan in SAFF Championship 2018 performed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka of Bangladesh today.
Mohammad Ali Dabous scored in the added minutes of the 2d 1/2 to snatch a last-minute victory over Nepal in the opening fixture of the competition.
Bimal Gharti Magar equalised for Nepal towards the run-of-play on the 83rd minute of the 2nd half after trailing to the first-half penalty goal.
Pakistan were awarded a penalty kick in the 36th minute after Nepal’s skipper Biraj Maharjan nudged the opponent player from behind in the D-box area.
Muhammad Riaz then sent the goalie another way earlier than coolly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner of the net to give his team a deserved first-half lead. Riaz scored his fifth International purpose for Pakistan.
Nepal almost equalised in the demise minutes of the first half however the diving header from Suman Aryal went straight into the fingers of the Pakistani goalie Yousuf Butt.
After the interval, Nepal came out all guns blazing, however poor ending and protective lapse price them the game against the bold opponent today.
Nepal are pitted alongside with the hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan in Group A, whereas India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are in Group B.
Earlier, Nepal had suffered a 1-0 loss towards the same opponent in the Asian Games in Indonesia.
In the next fixture, Nepal will take on Bhutan on Thursday.