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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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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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