Nepal crashes out of Asian Games

Nepali U-23 football team is almost out of the group stage of the 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon, South Korea, after going down 5-0 against Kuwait U-23 in its second match at the at Gayong Stadium on Wednesday.

Nepal needs a huge margin (at least 10 goals) win over powerhouse Japan in the last group match to be played on Sunday and also wait for a favorable outcome between Kuwait and Iran. 

On Wednesday, Sami Alsaea completed hat-trick for Kuwait while Fahad Alhamdan and Faisal Alalzemi scored a goal each in the match. Nepal, which has gone down by a goal in the first half, conceded four in the second half. 

Nepal had kicked off its campaign on a bitter note losing its opening match 4-0 against Iraq. It will take on heavyweight Japan in its last match, which it will be playing for pride only. 

Capitalizing on weak Nepali defense, Kuwait took the lead in the 18th minute with Fahad guiding the ball home from the close range following a quick free kick as Nepali goalie Alan Neupane failed to clear the danger. 

Nepal adhered to defensive mindset. The first 10 minutes of the second half was not so bad for Nepal. But everything changed after 66th minute when Kuwait doubled its lead. 

Sami sent a scorcher past Nepali goalie Neupane into the far corner to open his scoring. From there on, it seemed as though Nepal lost its hope and accepted defeat. 

Kuwait scored its third goal in the 74th minute through penalty, awarded after central defender Sandip Rai committed foul inside the area. Skipper Sami did not have much difficulty converting his take and scored his second.

Kuwait´s fourth goal was the solo effort of Faisal. Beating past Nepali defenders, Azemi fired a low left footed shot which Nepali goalie had no chance to clear. 

Sami completed his hat-trick two minutes from time as Kuwait completed an emphatic victory against Nepal. 

In other match of the group, Iraq overcame Japan 3-1. 

Both Nepal and Kuwait were defeated in their opening matches on Sunday. Nepal was defeated 4-0 by Iraq and Kuwait went down 4-1 against Japan.

Iraq tops the standing with six points while Kuwait and Japan are tied on three points. Nepal hit the bottom of the table pointless. 

Source: Republica