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SAFF Cup: Confident India take on Nepal in tricky match

High on confidence after their facile 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in their campaign opener, six-time champions India take on Nepal in a tricky group match of the South Asian Football Federation Cup here on Sunday.

India have beaten Nepal once in their last three recent clashes while the other two have been drawn encounters, and it will not be easy for Stephen Constantine's boys to beat their counterparts from the Himalayan kingdom at the Greenfield Stadium at Kariavattom. With three points and a goal difference of plus two, India can even make it to the semifinals even if they lost with not more than two-goal margin. Sri Lanka, the third team in the group, have ended their league engagements with three points and a goal difference of minus one.

On the other hand, Nepal, who lost their opening match against Sri Lanka by a solitary goal, need nothing less than a win. A loss or a draw for Nepal tomorrow will see Sri Lanka progressing to the semifinals along with India. Nepal have come here without at least two key players, allegedly involved in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the Himalayan kingdom.
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