Jamuna Gurung scored four goals alone as Nepal hammered Pakistan 8-0 to start 2nd SAFF women championship in an impressive way at CR&FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Gurung scored four goals in the first half before being substituted in the first half while Pramila Rai, Sajana Rana, Anu Lama and Dipa Adhikari scored apiece for Nepal.
Nepal, having almost the same squad that thrashed Pakistan 12-0 in 1st SAFF Championship held in Bangladesh, started the game in a brighter note as Nepal opened the firing early in 9th minutes.
Dipa Adhikari played an influential role as she supplied a sublime cross that created so much space to sniper Jamuna Gurung who slotted home from a close range that needed a slight deflection off Pakistani defender.
Nepal doubled the tally in 16th minutes through Pramila Rai, who performed outstanding game throughout the game.
Rai made a brilliant run in the left flank, penetrated inside the Pakistani defense line with the ball and shot on target. Pakistani goalie, Mahapara Sajid made a blunder letting the ball go under his arms.
Pakistani players protested against the decision for a while but referee from India Mariya resumed the match.
Nepal had to wait another 16 minutes to extend the tally. Jamuna Gurung scored her second goal with the support from fellow striker, Anu Lama.
Lama was quick enough to send the good cross to Jamuna who was totally unmarked inside the box and she slammed down with her powerful shot.
Gurung completed her hat trick two minutes later after Pakistani goalie, Mahapara failed to get hold on the ball properly.
Sajana Rana, who was solid in the defensive midfield, extended the tally in 42nd minutes.
When the match was heading towards the first half, Gurung scored her fourth one utilizing a good cross off Dipa Adhikari.
Nepalese girls enjoyed the lemon break making nose 6-0 up.
Nepal’s head coach, Kishor KC made a tactical change, replacing three important players; Jamuna Gurung, Niru Thapa and Pramila Rai in the second half and fielded Laxmi Poudel, Anchali Waiba and Krishna Khatri.
Nepalese team then played a good passing game in the second half rather than scoring more.
Anu Lama scored seventh goal in 51st minute and impressive Dipa Adhikari completed the rout in 72nd minutes.
Nepal will play next Maldives on September 10.
Pakistan national women’s team coach Muhammad Rashid told GoalNepal.com that his players were afraid of Nepal team and looked nervous on the pitch.
Coach Rashid said that he had briefed his players not to get afraid of Nepalese players and also confessed that his players lost the ground just because of the name – Nepal.
“We were beaten badly 12-0 in the first meeting two years ago”, Coach Rashid said, “I told them to be strong but they seemed nervous on the pitch”.
“My players were like an ant in front of Nepalese players”.
“Nepal are a better side. We must accept the fact”, coach Rashid said, “We have to accept the loss. We need to improve our game. We still have two remaining league matches and we will try our best to do well”.
Pakistan will take neighbours Afghanistan next on September 10.
Nepal will next take on Maldives on September 10.
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