Nepal could not find a way past a dogged Timor-Leste side in Saturday’s Group A clash at the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup, although both teams remain alive in the competition.
The Nepalese outfit definitely had the better of the match at Negeri Stadium, twice hitting the woodwork, but would ultimately have to settle for a goalless draw.
Coming off a heavy 4-0 loss to Brunei, Timor-Leste made four changes to their starting line-up, and they did make a much better start this time around, with Henrique Cruz offering a couple of long-range shots early on.
But it didn’t Nepal long to find their feet, and they would soon start troubling Timor-Leste goalkeeper Fernandes Aderito, as Nawayug Shrestha and Anjan Bista both forced him into smart saves.
Nepal’s best chances, however, came after the break.
Just two minutes after the restart, Bista came within inches of the opener, only to be denied by the right post.
A few more chances followed for the Nepalese, who were dominating by this point, and a header from Ananta Tamang was once again denied by the woodwork, coming off the crossbar after the cross had come swinging into the area from the left.
Another chance for substitute Bharat Khawas went begging nine minutes from time, as Nepal had to settle for a point in their Group A opener.
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