17 December, Kathmandu. The match between Sankata Club and Machhindra Football Club in Shahid Smarak A Division League ended in a goalless draw.
In the second match of the fifth round played at Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwar, both the teams could not take advantage of many scoring opportunities.
Less than a minute later, Fode Fofana’s one-on-one attack on Jai Gurung’s pass was saved by Machhindra’s goalkeeper Vishal Shrestha.
Less than 6 minutes after the start of the match, Ranjit Dhimal of Machhindra cleared the strike by the defender.
Sunil Ball’s shot from the corner in the 21st minute was blocked by Sankata’s goalkeeper. In the rebound ball, Vishal Rai’s shot was not in the frame.
Ranjit Dhimal’s cross in the 30th minute went straight into the hands of Sankata’s goalkeeper. Despite putting pressure on Sankata in the second half, Machhindra could not score. Similarly, Manish Dangi’s goal in the 61st minute of the game was not recognized by Sunil Bal.
Machhindra is at the top of the table with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 11 points in the ongoing league. Similarly, Sankata is in the fourth position of the table with 2 wins, 3 draws, and 9 points. With this draw, the chances of Machhindra’s AFC selection are slim.