DOHA: India rode a late strike from substitute SK Faiaz to script a well-deserved victory against neighbours Nepal in their second match in Group A of the AFC Under-19 qualifiers at the Al Arabi Stadium here yesterday.
India now have three points from two matches having lost their first match to Qatar 2-0, likewise Nepal lost 2-1 to Turkmenistan.
“It was a great performance from our boys. We showed that we are a 90-minute Team,” head coach Colm Joseph Toal said post match.
“I thought we dominated the game for long spells. Even if we would not have won, I would have been happy for the way these Boys played on the night. The fact that we got a goal in the last five minutes shows the Boys’ strong character too. There was a lot of support for Nepal too. It was a great learning exprerience for them,” he added.
Collecting possession from just outside the box after Gurba Gagrai slipped in a delicious pass, Faiaz made no mistake in slotting home from close with goalkeeper Alan Neupane only managing to deflect his shot into the goal.