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5 greatest football games between India and Nepal

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India take on Nepal in a one-off friendly game at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on the 31st of August as the Blue Tigers prepare to entertain the mighty Iran side that is scheduled to make a visit for the 2018 World Cup Qualifier next month. India and Nepal, the two South Asian neighbors have had a thirty-year long history on the football pitch, where the duo has consistently been up against each other in various competitions. Although little hinges on today’s clash, we are in for a thrilling encounter if we go by the past matches played between the two sides. Even though India have enjoyed an upper hand over Nepal overall, the Nepalese have stunned the Blue Tigers on more than one occasion in recent times. Building up to the game in Pune, we take a look at five of the greatest games played between the two sides over the past thirty years.

#1 Nepal 0-2 India - 1985 South Asian Games

Baichung Bhutia vs Nepal

This was the first-ever meeting between the two sides and it took place on 21st December1985, in the 1985 South Asian Games. With both sides playing in a neutral venue at theBanglabandu National Stadium in Dhaka (Bangladesh), the rivalry started off on an evenplatform in terms of crowd support.

India though drew first blood in the game through SisirGhosh in the first half, but the Nepalese did well to halt the Indian charge and fought backwell after going down. But unfortunately, the fightback yielded nothing for Nepal as SisirGhosh popped up again to seal the victory for India.

The game might not be the best the twosides have produced in terms of entertainment, but it kick started a fierce footballing rivalryamong the two sides which continues to thrive in recent days. India later went on to win 107gold medals in the 1985 South Asian games which included 61 gold medals that saw themtop the charts at the end of the games.

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