Nepal vs India match today in the ongoing SAFF Championship Football 2021 in the Maldives.
The match between Nepal and India will start at 9:45 pm Nepali time at the National Stadium in Male.
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Nepal and India are in a different position after playing two games in the tournament so far. Nepal has added six points after winning the first two matches of the five-nation tournament on a round-robin basis and has strengthened its chances of reaching the final. India, on the other hand, could not win the first two games. India has two points from two consecutive draws. (Nepal vs India)
In such a situation, today’s game is important for both teams. If Nepal defeats India, it will reach the final before playing a game. Thus, Nepal will reach the final for the first time in the championship. In case of a draw or defeat, Nepal will have to wait till the last match. On the other hand, India definitely needs a victory.
India also wants to win to maintain the possibility of reaching the final. Defeat will make it difficult for seven-time champions India to reach the final. (Nepal vs India)
The home team the Maldives and Sri Lanka will also play today. If the Maldives wins the match at 4:45 and India loses to Nepal, India will be eliminated from the final.
Earlier, Nepal had defeated Maldives 1-0 and Sri Lanka 3-2 in the first match. India drew 1-1 with Bangladesh in the first match and then a goalless draw with Sri Lanka.
Nepal is at the top with 6 points from 2 games while India is at the fourth position with 2 points from the same number of games.
Nepal has not been able to defeat India for the last eight years and coincidentally, Nepal has beaten India only once. In 2013, Nepal defeated India 2-1 in the group stage. So far, Nepal has lost five times in six meetings with India.
That is why Nepal is looking for its first victory against India after 8 years. Nepal’s goal is to beat India for the second time in a row.
If you look at history, India is very high. Out of 21 games so far, Nepal has won only 2 games. India won 14 games and drew 5 games.
One month ago, Nepal played two friendly matches against India at Dasharath Stadium, one match ended in a 1-1 draw and the other match was lost 2-1.
Although India is a strong nation in South Asia, this time it is not clear.
In the pre-match conference on Saturday, Nepal’s coach Abdullah Almutairi said that it would be difficult for Nepal to play a strong team. He also said that India has a 95 percent chance of winning, adding that Nepal has a 1 percent chance of winning.
He said that India, which has won seven times, is strong but Nepal will play without fear. Similarly, Almutairi said that Nepal has not reached the final yet and urged the supporters to be restrained.
Nepal’s captain Kiran Kumar Chemjong said that the game against India was important and that every step should be taken thoughtfully.
India’s coach Igor Stimac said India’s goal was to win clearly and that the mentality had not changed. He also said that Nepal is playing well and deserves 6 points.