India in SAFF Cup semis despite loss to Nepal

Sep 06, 2013, 01:53 IST | IANS

A last gasp goal by Syed Rahim Nabi in their shock 1-2 loss to Nepal carried India into the semi-finals, thanks to their win against Pakistan after the two teams were tied on goal difference at the conclusion of the group phase of the SAFF Cup football tournament here yesterday.

Both India and Pakistan were tied on zero goal difference after Pakistan beat Bangladesh 2-1 in their last Group A match. 

Jewel Raja and Rohit Chand
India midfielder Jewel Raja (left) vies with Nepal’s Rohit Chand in their SAFF Cup encounter in Kathmandu yesterday. Pic/AFP

But India moved into the final four on account of their 1-0 win against Pakistan. Nepal also made the semi-finals as they top the teams from Group A.

India will play either the Maldives or Afghanistan in the last-four. It took an acrobatic Nabi’s brilliant side-volley in injury time to silence the home crowd but only for a short spell.

Nabi met Jewel Raja Shaikh’s centre from the right to reduce the margin for India. 

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