The Blue Tigers were dominant in the second half of the game and scored both goals.
India redeemed themselves as they won the second International Friendly 1-2 against Nepal. The hosts dominated the first half, but scuffed their chances in front of goal. The Blue Tigers made a resounding comeback with substitute Farukh Chaudhury scoring the opening goal and Sunil Chhetri piling up the opposition’s misery. Tej Tamang pulled things back for Nepal, as he scored a stunning long-range effort to allow the fans something to cheer for, but India won the day.
India were earlier held to a 1-1 draw in the first friendly game after a lacklustre display, but Igor Stimac’s men came back with a solid display in the second half of the final friendly match. Anirudh Thapa, who had scored the equalizer in the first game, assisted Chhetri’s goal. Interestingly, Chhetri had assisted Thapa in the first match.
Here are the player ratings from India’s second International Friendly against Nepal:
Nepal Vs India: Indian player ratings
Amrinder Singh- 6.0
The Indian custodian, who replaced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu between the sticks had a rather comfortable outing. Amrinder almost managed a clean-sheet until Tej Tamang scored a stunning goal, which left him in awe. Other than that, he was clean with his collections and distribution.
Seriton Fernandes- 5.5
The Goan right-back was always on his toes as Manish Dangi kept him very busy on the left flank. Seriton’s primary attribute has always been his attacking nature, with defence being his weakness. It was pretty evident today as Dangi utilized the space in behind to create chances.
Pritam Kotal- 5.5
Just like the entire Indian backline, Kotal also had a shaky start and gradually found his feet. He has excelled as a centre-back for ATK Mohun Bagan in recent years, but he will need more time to develop an understanding with Chinglensana Singh in national colours.
Chinglensana Singh- 6.5
Chinglensana Singh had a very shaky first half, but gradually grew in stature in the second half. It was from his delivery that India opened the scoring against Nepal. Although the likes of Nawayug and Bista did keep him busy, the Hyderabad FC man had all the answers.
Subhasish Bose- 4.0
Subhasish Bose looked completely out of ideas throughout the match. Players like Anjan Bista, Gautam Shrestha troubled him and left him flat-footed many times.
Anirudh Thapa- 7.5
Anirudh Thapa was the only Indian midfielder who looked comfortable on the ball. He held the ball with ease, picked passes and tried to initiate counter-attacks. While he lost the ball way too many times in the first half, he grew in stature in the second. He also registered a great assist late in the game.
The highly rated youngster did not have the best first half as he was shrugged off the ball multiple times. Lalengmawia eased into the game in the second. But still, he was not as comfortable as one would expect him to be.
Bipin Singh- 4.0
It was a tough outing for the Mumbai City winger. Hardly anything worked for him as he lost most of his duels against Gautam Shrestha. He was taken off at half-time.
Rahim Ali- 5.0
The youngster made some good runs in the second half, but was pedestrian in the first. He had a golden chance to double the lead in the second 45, but took too long to sort his feet out. He was lucky not to get sent off, after he elbowed Manish Dangi before a corner kick.
Manvir Singh- 6.0
Probably one of India’s brightest stars in attack, Manvir Singh showed glimpses of his brilliance. However, the ATK Mohun Bagan forward lacked that final ball. He made some marauding runs down the left flank, but lacked that final product.
Sunil Chhetri- 8.0
Once again, Sunil Chhetri proved that he is a true opportunist. The Indian talisman was always on the move trying to create space in the final third. He came up with a great header to assist Farukh for the opening goal. He then ended up with a fine counter-attacking move and a smart finish.
Farukh Choudhury- 7.5
The Jamshedpur FC winger changed the course of the game in the second half. Farukh added that needed energy and scored a poacher’s goal as his reward. He made some good moves on the left flank.
Suresh Singh- 6.0
The Bengaluru FC midfielder replaced Manvir Singh on the right flank and looked at ease despite playing in an unfamiliar position. Suresh’s energy and direct running helped India break the lines during counter-attacks.
Glan Martins- 5.0
The steely midfielder came on for Rahim Ali as Stimac sought more control in midfield to protect the lead. Martins did a decent job until Tej Tamang scored a stunning goal. The Goan midfielder should have closed him down before he had the opportunity to pull the trigger.
Pronay Halder- N/A
The defensive midfielder replaced Thapa in the 90th minute and hardly made an impact.
Mohammed Yasir- N/A
The Hyderabad FC midfielder replaced Apuia in midfield, but hardly touched the ball enough to make a mark.
Nepal Vs India: Nepal player ratings
Kiran Limbu- 6.0
The Nepalese custodian had a much better outing than the first match. He had a rather comfortable outing until the second half. He was much cleaner with his distribution and collection.
Gautam Shrestha- 5.5
The Nepalese right-back had a solid first half as he kept Bipin Singh at bay. However, with Farukh Chaudhury coming on, Gautam looked a lot more vulnerable, as the Jamshedpur FC man scored the opening goal for India.
The Nepalese centre-back started off really well and partnered Ananta Tamang. However, he started making mistakes, inviting more danger which led to the opening goal.
Ananta Tamang- 6.5
The youngster was a rock at the back for Nepal, especially in the first half. He kept the likes of Rahim and Chhetri at bay and led the Nepalese backline. However, things changed in the second, but he still showed a lot of promise in the heart of the defence.
Sujal Shrestha- 6.0
The Nepalese left-back had an interesting role as he was allowed full freedom to attack. Sujal supported Dangi with aplomb and kept Seriton busy. He left a lot of space at the back, which allowed Manvir and others to get in behind.
Pujan Uparkoti- 6.0
The defensive midfielder made a mark as he sat just ahead of the Nepalese backline. He shielded the ball really well and dominated the midfield for large parts of the match. However, he lost a lot of control in the second half.
Tej Tamang- 7.5
Tej Tamang showed tremendous tenacity in the Nepalese midfield, as he shielded the backline very well and never missed an opportunity to move up the field. He scored a long-range goal to restore some hope among the Nepalese fans.
Suman Lama- 6.0
The skillful midfielder wanted to build on a great first game against India, but he failed to maintain that form in this match. He started really well in midfield and picked the right passes, but slowly faded off. Therefore, he was subbed out before half-time.
Ayush Ghalan- 5.5
The tricky midfielder was influential with a lot of excellent balls in the penalty box. However, his threat waned off with time and he kept losing the ball cheaply.
Manish Dangi- 6.0
Dangi showed great authority and composure on the left flank. He capitalized on the spaces left by Seriton Fernandes and his pace and trickery kept the Indian right-back very busy.
Aashish Lama- 6.0
Just like other Nepalese midfielders, Aashish started really well but faded away. He had a great understanding with Dangi and Ghalan, but later the coach thought of bringing in Nawayug who made a massive impact in the second half.
Anjan Bista- 6.5
Replaced Suman Lama in the 43rd minute as the coach wanted more directness from his players. Bista looked very busy after coming on, allowing Sana or Subhasish no time on the ball. He even created some chances and was looking dangerous.
Bishal Rai- 5.0
Bishal Rai was subbed in along with Bista as he replaced Aashish Lama in midfield. He had a golden opportunity to pull things back for Nepal, but he scuffed the shot wide.
Nawayug Shrestha- 6.5
Nawayug had an immediate impact after coming on at the hour mark. He used his strength and pace to create a great chance for Bishal, who scuffed his shot wide.
Bishal Shrestha- N/A
Bishal Shrestha replaced Kiran Limbu in the dying moments of the match and hardly had any impact on the game.
Rajan Gurung – N/A
Santosh Tamang – N/A