SAFF U20 C’Ships: India beat Nepal 8-0 for second straight win
India have won their second game in a row at the SAFF U20 Championships after claiming an 8-0 victory over Nepal on Sunday at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.
A brace from Parthib Gogoi and Taison Singh and goals from Himangshu Jagra, Gurkirat Singh, Vibin Mohanan and Shubho Paul were enough to propel India to victory.
The first goal came in the 32nd minute. Maheson Singh Tongbram launched a brilliant cross from the flanks. The Nepali keeper went for the ball but made a hash and Taison Singh sent the ball home.
Starting the second half with a 1-0 lead, India got off to a quick start in the second half as they netted their second goal in the 49th minute. Amandeep’s cross found Himanshu Jangra inside the box, who set up Vipin Mohanan for a volley. Mohanan couldn’t connect with the ball but he landed just past No.10 Parthib Gogoi who buried him in the net to make it 2-0.
The Indians didn’t have to wait long for the third. Just two minutes later in the 51st minute. Jagra found Gogoi with an accurate net ball and the latter put the ball inside the net with an exquisite lob over the head of the keeper who was just a spectator as the ball passed over- above his head.
The onslaught continued as India scored their fourth goal as Taison Singh netted his brace in the 64th minute.
India were lucky enough to score their fifth after picking up a penalty in the 71st minute. Gogoi had a chance for his hat trick but let Jagra take it. Jagra got it right and found the bottom right corner with a calm finish.
The sixth came in the 78th minute after a magnificent cross and Vibin Mohanan, thanks to a magnificent volley, found the net.
Nothing stopped India. Gurkirat Singh scored 7-0 for India in the 90th minute and Shubho Paul scored the eighth goal in the 93rd for a stunning 8-0 scoreline.