Sunday, January 10, 2016, Poush 27, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 28, 1437 Hijri

Bangabandhu Gold Cup
Gurkhas hold Malaysia boys goalless
Sports reporter
Published :Sunday, 10 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14
Nepal National Football Team, the Gurkhas, caught Malaysia XI Football Team goalless in the second match of the Group-A on Saturday in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup-2016 at the Shams-Ul-Huda Stadium in Jessore.
Defending champions Malaysia who are actually based on a club team, Felda United FC, didn't play that well as it was expected.
On the other hand, Nepal boys, without any doubt, played better then the Malaysian boys and successfully held their castle till the long whistle.
According to the FIFA world Ranking, Malaysia are stronger opponents for the Nepalese. Malaysians are at the 171st place while the Nepalese are 196th in the FIFA rankings.
Before Saturday's match, Nepalese played six matches against the Malaysians and failed to score a single goal against 21 goals of the opponents.
The title holders won five matches and drew in two matches of the seven matches they had played against the Nepalese.
In Saturday's match, the Malaysian boys got their first free kick in the ninth minute of the match. Nepali custodian Bikesh Kuthu gripped the ball timely.
Nepal got a chance to score in the 18th minute when they were given a free kick by the referee Jalal Uddin after an opponent defender fouled their midfielder Jagajeet Shrestha near the box.
Yet, Nepal defender Ananth Tamang failed to utilise the chance.
In the 19th minute, Malaysia striker Bobby was near to take the lead with a header as he was trying to convert a cross of striker M Ferris and it flew over the crosspiece.
The defending champions launched three consecutive attacks before the short whistle but were not successful to score from any.
Both rivals failed to score any in the first half and went for the breather goalless.
Nepal boys kept trying to score in the second half as well. Their striker Bimal Gharti Magar came near the post before passing the ball to substitute midfielder Bishal Rai who curved a shot towards the post and Malaysian custodian Mohd Farizal gripped the ball quickly.
There was a possibility for the Nepal boys to score the match winning goal when their midfielder Jagajeet Shrestha aimed the post in the 63rd minute and unfortunately it was bounded on the right side-bar.
None were able to break the deadlock and left the field sharing points.

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