August 28, 2012; Kick-Off- 7PM IST

Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi



Host India is set to take on a struggling Nepal side in the third group encounter of the 2012 edition of Nehru Cup. A win will almost clear India’s passage to the final whereas a win for the bottom placed opponents will mathematically keep them in contention for earning a place in the final. A loss on the other hand, will knock Nepal out of Nehru Cup.

Team News and Tactical Brief


Wim Koevermans’ men are considered downright favorites for this match as they walk into this encounter on the back of two impressive victories over Syria and Maldives.  Indian captain Sunil Chhetri has led this side from the front in both the matches and is the joint leading scorer in the tournament. One does not expect Koevermans to tinker with the tactics that he utilized against Maldives and Chhetri is expected to start as the lone striker in the 4-5-1 formation.

The Dutchman seemed quite pleased after India’s win over Maldives and said that the passing game was the way forward for the Indian side instead of the long aerial ball style of play that was seen during the Bob Houghton’s era. The overlapping runs put on display against Maldives by Indian fullbacks Nabi and Nirmal Chettri were highlights of the match. Nabi is a certain starter against Nepal while Nirmal’s inclusion is in doubt as he picked up a knock on the shin against Maldives and was substituted in the 90th minute.  If declared unfit then Denzil Franco will most likely take Nirmal Chettri’s place on the right flank. Raju Gaikwad has started for India in both the fixtures so far but the East Bengal center back has been found wanting on a number of occasions. He might pave way for his club mate Gurwinder Singh against the Nepalese side. Gouramangi Singh on the other hand seems to have left his horrid I-league’s form behind him and has so far done well for the Blue tigers.

Mehtab Hussain has been quite exceptional in both midfield as well in defense in last 2 matches. He has marshaled the team from center of the pitch and he is expected to start in his role as the holding midfielder on Tuesday.   Lenny Rodrigues, Francis Fernandez, Clifford Miranda and Sanju Pradhan are expected to make up the rest of the Indian midfield behind their skipper Sunil Chhetri.

Robin Singh and Alwyn George are most likely to be used as substitutes and can be thrown into the play if the need arises.  If Koevermans decides to opt for 4-4-1-1 instead of 4-5-1 then one might get to see youngster Alwyn George feature in the starting eleven.

Probable Starting Line-up (4-5-1): Subrata Pal(GK); Denzil Franco, Gurwinder Singh, Gourmangi, Nabi; Sanju Pradhan, Mehtab Hossain, Lenny Rodrigues, Francis Fernandez, Clifford Miranda; Sunil Chhetri (C)

India (4-5-1) Expected Line up


Krishna Thapa’s men were given a footballing lesson as they went down by five goals to nil against Cameroon on Sunday evening at the Nehru Stadium. The Gorkhalis have enjoyed a lot of crowd support in their first two matches but they will experience an altogether different atmosphere in the stadium on Tuesday as they take on an in form host- India.

So far Nepal has not only lost both matches but they have also been outclassed in the Nehru Cup by their opponents. They will have to dig in deep if they want to prevent themselves from getting embarrassed against a technically superior Indian team.

Nepal’s head coach has his task cut out ahead of his side’s clash against India but the biggest point of concern for him would be the gaping holes which have cropped up in defence.  With seven goals conceded, Nepal has the worst defensive record in the tournament. With India’s wing play improving with every outing, there might be another miserable night on the cards for the Nepalese backline.

Krishna Thapa made a lot of changes after his side’s match against Maldives but after his side’s woeful display against Cameroon, one wonders whether he has any cards left in his squad. A younger and a much fitter Indian midfield might prove to be too much to handle for his Nepalese side.

Twenty year old Sujal Shrestha showcased glimpses of form against the much fancied African opponents and he along with Jumanu Rai can cause a bit of a concern for the Indian backline who have let in only a single goal so far in the tournament.

Probable Starting Line-up (4-4-2): Ritesh Thapa (GK),Chand, Sagar, Maharajan, Chhetri, Gurung,Sandeep Rai, Silwal, khawas, Sujal, Rai


Nepal (4-4-2) Expected Lineup



Player to Watch Out For

Syed Rahim Nabi (India)

Skipper Sunil Chhetri picked up the Man of the Match awards in both of India’s matches but it was the performance of India’s wingback Syed Rahim Nabi that earned a lot of praise from Wim Koevermans in the India- Maldives post match press conference. His unrelenting runs on the wings have been too hot to handle for India’s opponents. He has formed an impressive partnership with Clifford Miranda upfront and was the starting point of a number of Indian attacks. Both Syria and Maldives have failed to keep a tab over his runs and crosses and he is most likely to prove as the major thorn not just in the defense but also in the midfield for Nepal on Tuesday evening.



India 3-0 Nepal

India outclasses their opponents in every department on present form and it will be considered nothing short of miracle if Thapa’s men manage to salvage a draw against the blue tigers. On a whole, Nepal’s match against the hosts India could not have come at a worse time for the Nepalese team.  With a win most likely to guarantee India’s entry into the finals; expect the blue tigers to go all out against their North-Western neighbours.

  • monu

    football ………..

    • ankur

      impressive brother!! keep it up champ!! :)

  • lalit

    we are gorkhali we never give up look and watch we will fight till our last breath. jaya goraknath jaya gorkhali

    • kumar gurung

      ya frens, today Nepal going to first match winner in neharu cup 2012 n final score will be Nepal 3 India 0.

      ya we never have give up to other, at last will be winner,,,,,,

      • U gurung maddy…..we feel pity 4 u nepalese……India will outclass Nepal…and the scoreline…u can t believe……how dare u to predict such idiotic scoreline…apne aukat me raho.

        • Sabin

          Mr. Roy, what happened to your AUKAAT?

        • ashmit

          0ie abhishek tera aukat hi kya hai, sala tera team me pura nepali hai, khud ki team banale aaur samne aa.. Apne aukat pe re, score 0-0

        • keshavnepal

          teri aaukat kya hai dhoti??????????????

          • ujwal

            tesko aukat draw le dekhayecha.

        • Roy’s ass kicker!

          u GUHA ROY (racist), i dont give shit what u feel pity for..! how dare you, u dumb ass cricket loving faggot say that ur teams gonna outclass NEPAL? one thing is for sure, u guys love supporting ur team. as long as theyr winning its great for u and when they loose u all comment shit about ur own team members.. and now u come here to tell us that we cant predict scores? who said we cant predict scores? who said we cant support our TEAM? you wanna predict scores go ahead no ones stopping you. We Nepalese respect each others thinking, unlike you ignorant and one minded freak. People like you make football look cheap u faggot!! grow up man, dont be so ignorant! and one more thing wtf is aukat??

        • Aaron Shrestha

          Abhishek Guha Roy did you see your country’s aukat . Happy with your shameful goalless draw. Now since you knew your aaukat remain in your aukat and have some respect to other country.

  • nitanitesh pathak

    Today we have to win , Jai gorkhali , jai Nepali ~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Kumar Gururng

    ya frens, today Nepal going to first match winner in neharu cup 2012 n final score will be Nepal 3 India 0.

  • sunder

    we do not know who is coach and where he sold nepal team…….???? it is not only the player……… it is the pannellll………… who was the lion before in asia how suddenly become the looser in both criket and football, boxing, tiakando …….
    be careful the person who is doing corruptionnnnnnn

  • saroj ghimire

    Today we will win the match surely …..
    We are gorkhali………
    JAI NEPAL……….

  • saroj ghimire

    Today Nepal going to be winner in Neharu cup 2012 n final score will be 2-0……………

  • saroj bhurtel

    Nepal has potentiality,we r sure for that n we r always hopeful for our nation n team. please nepali footballers play as a team.. its not the time to win or take something from others its the time to prove ourselves n keep honor for native land.. m not waiting to see magic, m wondering not to loose the faith and want to see the same game that our players use to play before…. hope for better result.. GOOD LUCK.. players r in ground but don’t forget we r also in same team. never wants to loose till…………

  • INDIA Starting XI vs Nepal:

    1-Subrata Pal – 2-Denzil Franco, 3-Raju Gaikwad, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 22-Syed Rahim Nabi – 14-Anthony Pereira, 20-Mehtab Hussain, 6-Lenny Rodrigues, 15-Clifford Miranda – 26-Francis Fernandes – 11-Sunil Chhetri [C]

  • surendra

    namaste nepal ………. Pls jitnai parchhha yar.

  • prediction 3-0 result 0-0 ?
    the fk? wasn’t the prediction way over the frigging line? i mean seriously? that’s like way off.. at least be a little close!

    • shekhar saini

      It was more of a water-polo match than a football match, the rain proved to be a dampener an certainly affected the result of the match. But credit must be given to Nepal for coming out with a point from the match. On form and after going down 5-0 to Cameroon, they fought really well against India but if the pitch was not waterlogged then the result would have been certainly different.

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