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Nepal defeats India 2-1 in twelfth SAG final

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KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated rivals India 2-1 in the final of the twelfth South Asian Games at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati, India, on Monday ending 23-year wait for football gold.

The U-23 team of Nepal staged a heroic comeback in second half as it came from a goal deficit to beat India 2-1.

It is the second football title for Nepal within of a month. Earlier, the national football team had won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Prakash Budathoki and Nawayug Shrestha netted one goal each for the audiences to silence the noisy home supporters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

Nepal suffered a difficulty in the 31st moment when Halicharan Narzary gave India a 1-0 lead through a penalty.

Nepal came back with retaliation after second half and set up their camp inside the Indian half. Their sustained pressure paid off in the 65th minute as Budhathoki levelled the scores with a well-drilled freekick from 25 yards, giving no chance to Indian goalkeeper Rehenesh TP.

With pressure building on the Indian defence, it was just a matter of when rather than if Nepal would take a lead. And the moment came in the 72nd when in form Nawayug Shrestha slotted home from close range after getting to the end of Budhathoki’s weighted cross.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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