FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Team India visit Nepal with two goal lead

Nepal host India as they look to overturn the 2 goal deficit
Nepal host India as the Blue Tigers look to capitalize on the two goal lead and seal the victory, FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers Prelims Joint Qualification Round 1,
Picture Courtesy: Debjit Majumdar

Team India face Nepal in the second and away leg of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1. The Blue Tigers go into the game with a two goal cushion thanks to a brace from Sunil Chhetri in the home leg.

Both the coaches have echoed similar opinions de-prioritizing the two goal lead. Indian Team Head Coach Stephen Constantine was quoted saying,"The first half has just been over. It is still to be played. If you ask me, 2-0 is a very deceiving scoreline. If Nepal score, the game changes. I have said this from the very beginning that this will be a very difficult task for us. The game is still available for both Teams."

Jack Stefanowski, Nepal Senior National Football Team Head Coach said,"The result in the first-leg was disappointing for us. It added to our confidence playing against a good Team. This is our home match and we are confident. In Guwahati, we started to go away from our game plan and in the last two days we have worked on it again. It’s our Home match and we aim to level scores and then go for the kill."

It will be interesting to see the Indian Team this time around with Constantine throwing in few surprises in the first leg handing debuts to as many as seven players.

The second leg of the World Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 kicks off at Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu at 3.30PM IST on Tuesday (March 17).
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