The Blue Tigers register their 7th straight win in international matches, keeping them in good shape for the crucial Asian qualifier against the Kyrgyz Republic next week. It was a far from convincing first-half display from the hosts, but changes in the second half meant that Constantine's men showed their true colours and came away with a vital win. Eugeneson Lyngdoh was the star man from midfield, but it was Sandesh Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhlua's goals that sealed the deal for India. That's all from us here. Until next time. goodbye!
90+4' India don't seem to stop even this late in the game. Another corner for the Blue Tigers as Eugene is having fun pulling the strings for his team. It's been a good game for the influential midfielder, who didn't even make the starting XI today.
89' Eugene cuts the Nepal rearguard into two with a through ball to Daniel, but the Bengaluru FC striker's poor first touch renders it a missed opportunity for India to score their third goal of the evening.
87' Another fine attempt from Jeje which is saved by Limbu. Jeje's goal and performance today will stand India in good stead for next week's crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier against the Kyrgyz Republic.
78' Jeje with a tap-in after getting on the end of Rafique's inch-perfect cross. The head-strapped Rafique got himself in a position to cross after a fine, line breaking run. It should now be a stroll for India with 11 minutes remaining.
75' Jairu's cross from the left nearly picks out Daniel for a tap-in but Limbu makes a decisive stop to deny the Indians. The red card has taken the wind out of Nepal's sails and the match is now India's to lose. One more goal and the game will be effectively over. Until then, India are on the edge.
71' India are now laying siege to the Nepal goal as the ball is flying in and around the visitors' penalty box. With ten men, it will be difficult for Nepal to turn this around, but India must not be complacent.
Jairu has been such an impact-maker ever since he came on in the 2nd half. The nippy winger runs on to another Gurpreet long ball and Nepal captain Biraj Mahajan holds him back, thereby getting sent off.
60' What a finish from Jhingan, whose looping effort with his weak left foot beats Limbu in the Nepal goal. It all came about after a Nepal handball on the edge of their box which led to a freekick that Eugene took. Although Nepal dealt with the first ball well, the second balls were all India's and Jeje's chest down to Jhingan proved to be the assist. What a goal from the Blue Tigers. India lead Nepal 1-0!
Bikash Jairu with a perfect, low shot but Limbu makes a brilliant save to keep the score at 0-0. It all came about after Gurpreet released the tenacious Narzary, who somehow found time and space to cut the ball back into Jairu's path.
51' Jeje has an attempt from outside the box but his effort is collected well by Limbu in the Nepal goal. The Mizo striker needs to consistently hit the target in the 2nd half for India to have any chance of scoring.
It was a patchy first half from India and Nepal nearly punished them deep into stoppage time when Bista missed the best chance of the half. Robin and his partners in attack need to be more clinical in the second half for India to have any chance of coming away with a win. Expect head coach Stephen Constantine to ring in the changes in the second half as 12 substitutes have been named.
45+2' India get lucky here as Anjan Bista fails to slot the ball into an empty net. Gurpreet came out to deal with a long ball from Nepal but the goalkeeper missed the ball completely, leaving Bista to slot home but he misses.