Nepal and Yemen have played goalless draw in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers at APF’s Halchowk Stadium on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Despite numerous attempts from both the teams, they failed to find the ball inside the goalposts. With the draw, both the teams shared a point each.
Goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu, mid-fielders Rohit Chand, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Rai and Anjan Bista, defenders Biraj Maharjan, Ananta Tamang, Aditya Chaudhary and Kamal Shrestha, and forwards Bharat Khawas and Nawayug Shrestha were in the today’s set against Yemen.
A young sensational footballer Bimal Gharti Magar had entered the ground in the last 10 minutes while Anil Gurung was in the last minute of the injury time.
According to latest FIFA World Ranking, Nepal lacks 45 positions behind Yemen. Despite this fact, Nepal managed to hold Yemen to nil along with numerous endevours from Rohit Chand, Bishal Rai and Navayug Shrestha.
Nepal was in pressure in the first 15 minutes. However, it improved in the remaining time of the first half. Similarly, Yemen presented aggressively in the second half with their counter attacks, but their endevours were demoralised by the Nepali side.
This was the third encounter of Nepal and Yemen as they had met with each other in the year 2000 at AFC Asian Cup for the first time where Nepal lost by 3-0 and in 2014 friendly match in Qatar which was also in the hand of Yemen with 2-0 win.
Nepal is in Group F along with Philippines, Yemen and Tajikistan. Nepal had lost its first match against Philippines 4-1 held in Manila while Yemen defeated Tajikistan 2-1 in their previous matches. Now, Nepal will take on Tajikistan in its next encounter.
Altogether, 24 teams are in the third round of AFC Asian Cup fray. These teams are drawn into six groups of four.
Group A: A1 Kyrgyz Republic A2 India A3 Myanmar A4 Macau
Group B: B1 DPR Korea B2 Hong Kong B3 Lebanon B4 Malaysia
Group C: C1 Jordan C2 Vietnam C3 Afghanistan C4 Cambodia
Group D: D1 Oman D2 Palestine D3 Maldives D4 Bhutan
Group E: E1 Bahrain E2 Turkmenistan E3 Chinese Taipei E4 Singapore
Group F: F1 Philippines F2 Tajikistan F3 Yemen F4 Nepal
The total of 12 teams - winners and runners-up from each group will qualify for the final competition of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The host UAE, Qatar, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Uzbekistan, Syria, Iran and China are already in the final.